St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge

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St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge
Location 32a Wilton Place, Belgravia, London
Country  UK

St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge is a Grade II* listed Anglican church at 32a Wilton Place, Belgravia, London.[1] The church claims that it is one of the most beautiful Victorian churches in London.[2] The church dates from 1843, during the incumbency of the Reverend W. J. E. Bennett. The architect was Thomas Cundy the younger.[3]

A memorial in St Paul's Church[4] commemorates 52 members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry who died 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 three 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 noted church architect George Frederick Bodley who also decorated St Luke's Chapel.[where?][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England, "Church of St Paul (1066084)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 September 2014 
  2. ^ St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge website
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, subscription-based online edition, retrieved 25 November 2011
  4. ^ St Paul's Church Memorial, Belgravia, London
  5. ^ http://www.stpaulsknightsbridge.org/about/st-pauls-architecture/

Coordinates: 51°30′05″N 0°09′21″W / 51.501449°N 0.155762°W / 51.501449; -0.155762