Every year the Chapels Society organises three visits for members. The visits take place in a range of locations across the country and every so often we return to London to explore some of the wealth of Nonconformist chapels in the capital. On 7 July Dr Jenny Freeman led an excellent tour of chapels in the East End of London – an area rich in social and architectural history. The first stop on our tour was St Boniface RC Church, also known as the German Church.
St Boniface is a post-war church, which replaced a church of 1875 designed by J Young and destroyed during World War II. Although relatively plain, the present church is notable for its landmark tower incorporating four bells from the predecessor church. The church also contains a range of interesting high-quality furnishings, mostly by artists and craftsmen from Kevelaer in Germany, the birthplace of Revd Felix Leushacke, who initiated the rebuilding.