St. Augustine's Church, Slade Green

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St Augustine's Church is a Victorian Church of England parish church in Slade Green, in the Diocese of Rochester.[1]

Established as a daughter of the Church of St Paulinus, Crayford in 1900, St Augustine's became its own parish in 1925.[2] The church is dedicated to the patron saint Augustine of Canterbury. A prominent war memorial has stood at the front of the church since at least 1930.[3]

St Augustine's was subject to air raids during both world wars. The church received families from the east of London that had been 'bombed out' during the Second World War.[4] The local community was supported during the war by a British Restaurant operating from St. Augustine's Church Hall, which supplied up to 250 lunches six days a week to residents, the school, and nearby factories.[5] Substantial rebuilding work was required following a direct hit during an air raid in 1944, and following a fire in 1991 which destroyed the roof and much of the internal fabric.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Page". St Augustine's Church. The Church of England. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ "St Augustine's, Slade Green". The National Archives. GOV.UK. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ "War Memorial at St. Augustines Church". Bexley Borough Photos. Bexley Borough Photos. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  4. ^ "WW2 People's War". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b Thomas, E.O.Slade Green and the Crayford Marshes, Bexley Education and Leisure Services Directorate, 2001, ISBN 0-902541-55-2

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Coordinates: 51°28′19″N 0°11′20″E / 51.4719°N 0.1888°E / 51.4719; 0.1888