Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields

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Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields
Whitefield's Tabernacle 2018.jpg
Whitefield's Tabernacle (photographed in 2018)
LocationTabernacle Street and Leonard Street, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England, Methodist, Congregationalist, United Reformed Church

Coordinates: 51°31′26″N 0°5′15″W / 51.52389°N 0.08750°W / 51.52389; -0.08750

Whitefield's Tabernacle, Moorfields (also known as Moorfields Tabernacle) is a former church at the corner of Tabernacle Street and Leonard Street, Moorfields, London, England. The first church on the site was a wooden building erected by followers of the evangelical preacher George Whitefield in 1741. This was replaced by a brick building in 1753. John Wesley preached a sermon "On the death of the Rev Mr George Whitefield" both here and at Whitefield's Tabernacle, Tottenham Court Road in 1770.[1]

The church was rebuilt in stone over a century later in 1868, to a robust Gothic design by C. G. Searle & Son.[2] Immediately west of the church itself (in Leonard Street) a Sunday School was built. The foundation stone of the 1868 building reads: "Near this spot stood the Tabernacle built by the Rev. George Whitefield in 1753: 115 years afterward it was taken down and in its place this building was erected."

In 1907 a successor church opened near Alexandra Park, north London: this was known initially as Whitefield Tabernacle, but from 1922 as Alexandra Park Congregational Church. Many members of the Moorfields congregation transferred their allegiance, and numerous benefactions were also transferred.[3] The Moorfields Tabernacle building was taken over by the nearby Central Foundation Boys' Grammar School.[2] The Alexandra Park church was converted into flats in 2004.[4]


  1. ^ Wesley, John. "Sermon 53: On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield". General Board of Global Ministries. Retrieved 12 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). London 4: North. The Buildings of England. London: Penguin. p. 607. ISBN 0140710493. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Baker, T. F. T.; Pugh, R.B., eds. (1976). "Tottenham: Protestant nonconformity". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham. London: University of London. pp. 356–364. ISBN 0197227422.
  4. ^ "Planning Application Details: Alexandra Park United Reformed Church: Ref. HGY/2003/1153". Haringey Council. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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