Sunday, September 02, 2012

One Hundred and Fifty

I can’t remember if Ron Jeffries has mentioned this before, but this year marks the point in time when St Peter’s Church in Aldborough Hatch is twice as old as the man himself. He has also taught me a lesson – not to make assumptions about spelling. I thought he had typed “shingle” instead of “single” but it turns out after consulting the Missus that a “shingle” is a roof tile. I didn’t know that, did you know that? Mind you it is not exactly the sort of term that crops up in our meandering debates in the Fairlop Oak. Anyway here is Ron :-


St. Peter’scelebrating its 150th Anniversary this year - was built in 1861/62 in decorated Gothic style, with a steep pitch slate roof with small gable, louvered vents, a shingle spire, and an interior pitch pine roof. At this time, the 18th Century Westminster Bridge in London was being replaced and the contractor also had the order for the new Church at Aldborough Hatch. The Portland stone of the old Bridge (supplied from the quarries on Portland Island in Dorset) was used to build St. Peter's – which was so named after the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, popularly known as Westminster Abbey. Consecrated on 6th March 1862, it is Grade II Listed.
The architect was Arthur Ashpitel (1807-1869), who built the churches of St. John's, Blackheath and St. Barnabas, Homerton, as well as schools, private houses, baths and washhouses.
The nearby Aldborough Hatch Church of England School was built in 1867. The Architect was G. R. Clarke. The School was closed in 1912 and adapted for use as St. Peter’s Church Halls. The building of the former school is Locally Listed by the London Borough of Redbridge.
The organ at St. Peter's was built by Gray and Davison Ltd (established 1862) for the 1862 London Exhibition. It was the model for the painting ‘Harmony’ by Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928) which hangs in the Tate Gallery. The decoration on the organ was painted and stencilled by Nathaniel Hubert John Westlake (1833-1921), whose works include stained glass for Arundel Cathedral.
Artefacts at St. Peter’s include the sculpture Et alias oves hab eo (And other sheep I have) by Anthony Noel Henry Foster (1909-1957), acquired in 1959, and The Crucifixion by Leonard Wyatt (1922-2008), purchased in 1959. The sculpture in fibreglass of The Woman of Samaria stands in the churchyard and is by Aberdeen-born artist Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones, FRBS, ARCA (1908-1969), who completed public work: at the BBC Television Centre, London, in Chelmsford Cathedral, outside Hornsey Library and in London's Hyde Park.
Some stained glass is by Hardman and Co. founded in 1838, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of stained glass and ecclesiastical fittings. Buildings with stained glass by Hardman include Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals, and the Houses of Parliament.
The Jewish Grave in the churchyard is that of Canadian-born 19-year-old Second Lieutenant Harry Walter Jassby who died over London seven months after landing in England on 6th November 1918, just five days before Armistice Day. The practice at that time was to bury fallen servicemen in a cemetery nearest to their base – he received a Jewish burial with military honours. Second Lieutenant Jassby was the last wartime casualty of 54 Training Depot Squadron (TDS) at Fairlop Aerodrome.

As part of Open House London 2012, St. Peter’s will be open to welcome visitors on Saturday 22nd September (9.30am to 7pm) and Sunday 23rd September (12noon to 6pm).
At the same time the 17th Century Chapel on nearby Aldborough House Farm, Oaks Lane (now converted into a private residence) will also be open to the public.

St. Peter’s Church, Aldborough Road North, Aldborough Hatch, ILFORD, Essex IG2 7QN
Buses 66, 296, 396: Nearest Underground Station – Newbury Park (Central Line)

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