St James

The great west doors of St James's church have been wide open to the people of Bermondsey since 1829.

Hanes yr eglwys hon

Travellers through Bermondsey all know St James as a landmark.

In 1724 at the Bishop's Visitation, it was recorded 'in Bermondsey there are 9,000 people. The only houses were along Bermondsey Wall, predominantly wealthy merchants magnificent houses. However, by 1710 there were enough poor people living here for it to be necessary to provide a workhouse for 50 people.

In the 18th century ropemakers settled here and in Bevington Street, Farncombe Street and New Church Street (later called Llewelyn Street) ropewalks were established and houses sprang up. As late as 1870/80 there was a local farm.

After Waterloo in 1818 an Act of Parliament was passed to raise a million pounds as a national thank offering for peace, and as a memorial to the soldiers who had fallen. South London secured seven of the Waterloo Churches and, through the persistence of a group of Bermondsey churchmen, the needs of our area were pressed. In 1821 they bought the land which forms our churchyard and secured a generous grant from the Commissioners of the Fund.

James Savage, the architect, modelled the church on that of Greek Temples with galleries round three sides and the organ in the west. Sir John Betjeman declared that St James is the finest church built by the Waterloo Churches Commissioners.

The lectern and pulpit were built very high to keep the minister in touch with the galleries. A glorious peal of 10 bells was cast by the famous foundry of Mears of Whitechapel, from cannon left behind by Napoleon at Waterloo.

Prif nodweddion

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  • Gwydr lliw gwefreiddiol
  • Celfi campus
  • Awyrgylch swynol
  • Mynwent gyfareddol
  • Hanesion treftadaeth gymdeithasol
  • Treftadaeth genedlaethol yma
  • Cysylltiadau enwog

Gwybodaeth ar gyfer ymwelwyr

  • Safle bws o fewn 100m
  • Gorsaf drenau o fewn 250m
  • Mynediad gwastad i'r prif fannau
  • Parcio ar y stryd wrth yr eglwys
  • Parcio o fewn 250m
  • Toiledau hygyrch gerllaw
  • Caffi o fewn 500m
  • Caniateir cŵn
  • Croeso i gerddwyr a beicwyr
  • Lle i ddiogelu'ch beic

Other nearby churches

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Nederlandse Kerk

The Dutch Church is a reformed church on the site of the 13th century Augustinian friary, the original building granted to Protestant refugees for their church services in 1550 was destroyed during the London Blitz.

Dewch yn Gyfaill Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yr Eglwysi - ar gyfer pobl sy'n dwli ar eglwysi!