Our Most Holy Redeemer

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Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell
Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer
LocationClerkenwell, Islington, London
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipTraditional Catholic
DedicationChrist the Redeemer
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Designated29 December 1950
Architect(s)John Dando Sedding
Episcopal areaStepney
Bishop(s)The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker (AEO)
Vicar(s)Fr Christopher Trundle SSC
Asst Curate(s)Fr Aidan Bartlett SSC

Our Most Holy Redeemer is a late 19th-century church in Clerkenwell, London, England, by the architect John Dando Sedding. It is an Anglo-Catholic church in the Diocese of London of the Church of England.[1] It is at the junction of Exmouth Market and Rosebery Avenue in the London Borough of Islington. The church with attached clergy house, campanile, and parish hall is a Grade II*-listed building.[2]


This Italianate church was built in 1888 to the designs of J. D. Sedding, and completed, after his death, by his assistant Henry Wilson, 1892–95. The church, which was built in the grounds of the former Spa Fields Chapel, originally comprised just the building on the left in the illustration, the campanile tower and clergy house on the right being added in 1906. The inscription on the cornice of the original structure reads Christo Liberatori translated as 'To Christ The Redeemer'.

The interior of the church, including the baldacchino, was modelled upon Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito, Florence. Sculptural carving to the interior is by F. W. Pomeroy.

Present day[edit]

The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer is within the Traditional Catholic tradition of the Church of England and receives alternative episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Fulham (currently Jonathan Baker).[3]



  1. ^ "Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell". The Church of England. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, clergy house, campanile and parish hall (1209007)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 August 2013. "This church is of outstanding importance as an example of the late C19 reaction against High Victorian Gothic. Sedding accomplished this by using the pure Italian Renaissance style. In doing so, he not only created a 'monument to the Aestheticism of the late Victorian Anglo-Catholics', but made the church look Roman Catholic. Wilson's work to the church is particularly fine; and his interesting subsidiary buildings (parish-hall, clergy-house, and especially the campanile) flanking the front facade are extremely clever and idiosyncratic. This complex was built in the heart of a significant Italian community. These buildings form a remarkable group."
  3. ^ "Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell". bishopoffulham.org.uk. The See of Fulham. Retrieved 29 November 2016.

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