St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

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St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, is an Anglican church in London’s West End, supposed to be one of the most beautiful Victorian churches in London.[1] Set in the heart of the Grosvenor Estate on Wilton Place in Belgravia, the church dates from 1843, during the incumbency of the Reverend W. J. E. Bennett. The architect was Thomas Cundy the younger.[2]

A memorial at St Paul's Church[3] commemorates 52 members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry who gave their lives on active service in World War II, carrying out secret intelligence work for the Special Operations Executive in occupied countries as well as providing transport drivers for the ATS.It includes 3 holders of the George Cross

St Pauls' sister-parish is the Church of St. Paul's, K street, in Washington DC in the United States.

Architecture[edit]

The elaborate and highly decorated building was the first church in London to manifest the principles and ideals of the Oxford Movement. The building was consecrated in 1843 and the chancel with its rood screen and striking reredos was added in 1892 by the eminent church architect George Frederick Bodley who also decorated St. Luke's Chapel.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge website
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, subscription-based online edition, retrieved 25 November 2011
  3. ^ St Paul's Church Memorial, Belgravia, London
  4. ^ http://www.stpaulsknightsbridge.org/about/st-pauls-architecture/

Coordinates: 51°30′5″N 0°9′21″W / 51.50139°N 0.15583°W / 51.50139; -0.15583