St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth

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St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth
St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth from the Town Hall.jpg
50°43′24″N 1°52′51″W / 50.7232°N 1.8807°W / 50.7232; -1.8807Coordinates: 50°43′24″N 1°52′51″W / 50.7232°N 1.8807°W / 50.7232; -1.8807
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Website Official website of St Stephen's
History
Dedication Saint Stephen
Administration
Parish St Peter with St Stephen
Deanery Bournemouth
Archdeaconry Bournemouth
Diocese Winchester
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s) Rev. Robin C N Harger
Laity
Organist(s) Ian F Harrison

St Stephen's Church is an Anglican church in Bournemouth, Dorset (formerly in Hampshire). The liturgical life of the Church was rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Church has a magnificent Lady Chapel, once celebrating Marian masses, benediction and recitation of the Rosary for the Society of Mary. Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham was also encouraged.

Background[edit]

Designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, the church was built in stages between 1881 and 1898, as a memorial to Alexander Morden Bennett, first vicar of St Peter's Church, Bournemouth. A spire was never added to the tower.

Legend has it that Pearson's aim when he designed St. Stephen's church was to create a building "which brought people to their knees."[citation needed]

It is a grade I listed building.[1]

Vicars[edit]

  • 1881–1911 Fr Alexander Sykes Bennett
  • 1911–28 Fr George Philip Trevelyan
  • 1928–44 Fr Philip Harold Rogers
  • 1944–52 Fr Geoffrey Heald
  • 1952–58 Fr Francis John Michael Dean
  • 1958–62 Fr Charles Edward Burnett Neate
  • 1962–70 Fr George Percy Wilkins
  • 1970–73 Fr Anthony Douglas Caesar
  • 1974–83 Fr John David Corbett
  • 1983–87 Fr John Catlin
  • 1987–94 Fr Paul Hastrop
  • 1994–2012 Fr Robin Harger

Music[edit]

Aside from its architectural design, St. Stephen's church is also known for its music and songs, as performed by the church's choir. Each summer, the choir renders a classical series of music by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert.[citation needed]

The church has an organ by William Hill dating from 1898. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. There is also a small 5 stop chamber organ dating from 1870. The specification of the chamber organ can also be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organists[edit]

  • 1881–93 T.J.Baker
  • 1894–1930 Henry Holloway, D.Mus. FRCO
  • 1930–35 Percy Whitlock
  • 1936–66 Cyril Knight, FRCO,FLCM
  • 1967–75 Spencer Fackerell
  • 1976 Roger Hill
  • 1976–82 Cyril Knight
  • 1982–88 Ian Harrison, BA, FRCO, FTCL
  • 1988–94 Anthony Wood, ARCO
  • 1994– Ian Harrison

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST STEPHEN List entry Number: 1324756". English heritage. Retrieved 25 July 2014.