Christ Church, South Road, Forest Hill, 1850




Christ Church, the parish church of Forest Hill, was the exact contemporary of the new Crystal Palace, the foundation being laid in 1852 and the consecration held in 1854 even though the spire was not completed until 1885. Ewan Christian was the architect.

This leaflet, dated 1850, calls for subscriptions to the building fund. It consists of four pages, the back page blank. The second and third pages are reproduced below and can be enlarged.

The site was given by the Earl of Dartmouth, lord of the manor, who wanted an imposing centre piece for his prestigious Dartmouth Park estate.

The estate was planned in the 1840s, but largely built in the 1850s. In 1851 there were no churches in Forest Hill, but by 1901 there were 15 or more.

Another paper, a pastoral letter headed "Bishop of London's Fund, For relieving the Spiritual Wants of the Metropolis and its Suburbs, dated 1864 was also contributed by Mrs Larkin.

Contributed by Mrs J Larkin, Rayleigh, Essex.

See historic maps of Forest Hill