Strangers’ churches in the East End of London

AGM & Walking Tour: 7 July 2018

Strangers’ churches in the East End of London

The day will commence with a visit to St Boniface German RC Church, 47 Adler St, E1 1EE (Grade II). From Aldgate East tube station, take the exit to Whitechapel Art Gallery. This will bring you out next to the Gallery’s café (a possible lunch stop). Cross Whitechapel High St to read the panels about the interesting Altab Ali Park (site of the White Chapel), walk right along Whitechapel High St and cross the park diagonally, making for the clearly visible tall bell-tower of St Boniface Church on its corner site (approx. 3 min).

Arrive 11.15am at St Boniface for commencement of the AGM. Please bring a drink if you wish as the church does not have a kitchen. A talk about the church follows, then a walk round. Those with packed lunches will be able to eat in the attached church hall. For members who wish to participate in the atmosphere of the traditional East End (fast competing with rising tower blocks), characterful options are listed below. There should also be time for keen participants to look outside under their own guidance – the local streets are endlessly fascinating reminders of the East End’s vivid past.

The group will leave St Boniface at 1.15pm turning left down Adler St, crossing busy Commercial Rd, turning right (west), then sliding left (south-west) down Alie St (3-4 min).

German Lutheran Church

German Lutheran Church

At 2.00pm, please assemble at St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie St, E1 8EB (Grade II*): this is on the north side of Alie St near the corner with Leman St. At St Georges we shall hear the second Andrew Worth lecture by Dr Bill Jacob on ‘Nonconformity in Victorian London’, followed by a short talk by Jenny Freeman on the history of the Church. A representative of the local committee will describe activities. Members are then free to walk around the church, into the courtyard and galleries. A light chapel tea follows arranged by the local group around 3.15pm. Literature available. We leave at 3.40pm approx.

We move off to the RC Church of the English Martyrs, 30 Prescot St, E1 8BB (Grade II). Turn right out of St George’s, then immediately left (south) down Leman St until you reach Prescot St, turn right here, walking west. The church is visible on the south side from a distance (approx. 7 min). Arrive at 4pm for a tour and talk. Good literature is available. We leave around 4.30pm.

A late visit has been arranged to the ravishing Dutch Church (Grade II) in Austin Friars, EC2N 2HA. We will walk to Aldgate East (approx. 7 min), take the tube two stops to Monument (for Bank), walk to Bank station and then behind the Bank of England into Lothbury, keep right (east) into Throgmorton Street then left into Austin Friars where the church is clearly signposted (approx. 8 min). It was Chapel of the Month in May 2015. We should arrive around 5.15pm and leave by 6pm at the latest.

The cost  of the day will be £15 (£17 non-members) and will include donations, afternoon tea, and notes. The Tube fare will be extra (£4.90 or £2.40 with an Oystercard).

Please send your completed booking form with your cheque payable to ‘The Chapels Society’ to Moira Ackers, 1 Valley Road, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3PX. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the study notes, please enclose a stamped C5 envelope (229mm x 162mm). Otherwise notes will be sent by   e-mail. Closing date 28 June.