St Luke

Mentioned as early as 1077, the present church was built with funds left by Charlton House's owner Sir Adam Newton. Spencer Perceval is buried here.

About this church

The church was rebuilt from 1630 to 1640 through a bequest of Sir Adam Newton, Lord of the Manor with the north aisle paid for with funds bequeathed by Sir William Newton at the end of the century, and the usual additions in the 19th century.

From the outside, what we see is largely 17th century then, built in brick, with a fine square, castellated tower, low but rather prominent because of the building’s position at the corner of two streets on the brow of a hill. The small interior includes 17th century and later work, and at least one surviving window from the earlier church on the site.

The church is fairly packed with monuments, over 40 in all, of which a quarter are to members of the Wilson and Maryon Wilson family. They are mostly simple panels, but with a couple of much grander things: two massive combined altar tomb and wall monuments, to Lady and Sir Adam Newton himself, by the important sculptor Nicholas Stone the Elder, and to the Viscountess of Ardmagh with much decoration; a full statue to Brigadier Michael Richard, three portrait busts, including one to the assassinated Prime Minster Spencer Perceval, by the great 19th century sculptor Francis Chantrey, and a girl with pot sculpture by Charles Regnart, a skilled but more minor figure.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

Blackheath & Charlton Baptist Church

The church traces its origins back to 1863 when eight residents of Blackheath asked Charles Haddon Spurgeon of the Metropolitan Tebernacle for permission to start a separate fellowship in this area.

Our Lady of Grace

The parish began in a Regency house, once home to Baron Sir William Congreve, the father of modern rocket technology.

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