St Margaret's, Lee

Coordinates: 51°27.77′N 0°0.05′E / 51.46283°N 0.00083°E / 51.46283; 0.00083
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St. Margaret of Antioch
St. Margaret of Antioch, Lee Green, south east London
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSt. Margaret of Antioch
ParishSt Margaret of Antioch, Lee
RectorRevd Canon Timothy Goode

St. Margaret's Church, Lee, is a Church of England parish church in Lee, London. It was built between 1839 and 1841 in a simple early Victorian style (to a design by Norwich architect John Brown), replacing an earlier church which had been built on the foundations of the older mediaeval church nearby dating to around 1120.[1] It is Anglican and is located on the south side of Lee Terrace/Belmont Hill, in Lee Green, south-east London.

Extensive and lavish interior decoration was carried out between the years of 1875 and 1900.

By 1980 it had fallen into dilapidation and an extensive 20-year restoration programme was carried out. On completion of the restoration, the church is one of the best preserved examples of a decorated gothic revivalist interior in London.

Remains of the tower of the former Church Of St. Margaret in the Old Churchyard.

Between 1813 and 1830 there had been an attempt to rebuild the medieval church, involving the architect Joseph Gwilt. This failed when it became clear that the foundations of the old church were incapable of supporting a new building. The ruins of the original building are in the medieval churchyard on the north side of Lee Terrace. The tomb of Edmond Halley (1656–1742), from 1720 England's second Astronomer Royal and the discoverer of the periodicity of Halley's Comet is in the churchyard,[2] one of three Astronomers Royal buried at St. Margaret's (Nathaniel Bliss and John Pond are the others). Also notable is the tomb of Sir Samuel Fludyer, 1st Baronet and his family. James Annesley, a celebrated claimant to the Earldom of Anglesey, was buried in the churchyard in an unmarked grave.

Graves in the churchyard around the current church include one for wealthy builder William Webster (1819 –1888) , his wife, and chemical engineer son, William who lived at nearby Wyberton House on Lee Terrace.


  1. ^ "St Margaret's Church - Parish History".
  2. ^ "Old Church Yard". St Margaret's Church, Lee. Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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