The “Roof & Repairs Appeal Fund” is a Project of Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK -
Registered Charity 274154 - This fund is for crucial ongoing urgent repairs to the roof
and the entire building complex.

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The Premises which is the application site is the Church Hall & Clergy House (formerly known as Sister's House, now known as "Sower's Haven" both of which are adjoining to the Church of St Columba now known as Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK which is a Listed Building complex on Kingsland Road, situated in Hoxton East & Shoreditch, London.

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Saving the Iconic building

We need your help and support to carry out urgent much needed and ongoing repairs to this “Iconic” building.

With your generous donations, we would be able to complete replace the roof on this Grade I & Grade II* complex. We would also be able to carry out urgent ongoing repairs to the brick work internally and externally.

The restoration of this “Iconic” building would benefit the community immensely in the following ways: .

  • The listed organ would be in full use
  • It would provide and become a destination for members of the public to visit and learn more about the heritage nature of the building
  • Schools within the community would have access to understanding more about the uses of the building
Further Historical Commentary & Content:

Built as a slum mission centre with a clergy house and school. The church has a pretty grim polychromic brick exterior – the adjoining structures being more attractive with their variety of roofs, dormers and a small tower. The church was declared redundant in 1975 on the union of the parish with that of Saint Anne, Hoxton. Published in The Building News, August 25th 1871. Listed Grade I.

“THIS church, one of the most characteristic and artistic productions of Mr. James Brooks, has been recently erected in the Kingsland-road, adjoining the Shoreditch Workhouse. In plan it consists of a nave of five bays, with clustered columns, narrow aisles, short transepts, central tower, and square-ending chancel, all built with red brick of pleasing tone. Here, as elsewhere, we notice the great width of the nave arcade, the studied simplicity of arch-mouldings and tracery, the dignity of proportion, solidity of the walls, and the vast height; details of construction as yet peculiar to Mr. Brooks.

The walls of the unlighted aisles are divided into panels for containing the stations of the cross, by means of the brick arches which support the roof. The framing of the nave roof is left open, and the principals are brought down and supported by stone shafts resting on the cap of the nave columns. The chancel and sanctuary are groined in red brick, and open into the nave and transepts by very lofty and graceful arches. The sanctuary windows are placed very high, and underneath are panels for the reception of mosaics of incidents in the life of our Blessed Lord. These mosaics are also to be placed round the north and south walls. The church and schools are completed, and will, with the parsonage (which is to be commenced forthwith), form three sides of a quadrangle.

DESCRIPTION OF THE Parish church ASSET:


THE PARISH CHURCH:

Built in 1868-9 by James Brooks, with the mortuary chapel added 1904-5 by E.Geldart. The building is red brick with stone dressings; slate roofs all of an "Early English style".

The building is thought to have the following significances:

• An interesting work by the well regarded Hackney church architect, James Brooks
• Group value as part of an ensemble of church buildings forming a complete compound
• A well-designed and detailed building of its type and age, which is well preserved externally and has some internal features of interest
• A relatively unusual example of a late 19th century Anglican possible nun’s residence

PLAN:

Cruciform, with nave, aisles, transepts, chancel and central tower.

EXTERIOR:

Cliff west end. 4 lower lancets linked by continuous pointed hoodmould. Brick string courses to elevation, and 2 stone courses to lower part of triple stepped upper lancets. One encircled sexfoil oculus in gable head, and 3 smaller cusped roundels. Corners of upper part of elevation developed into square turrets with pinnacles. Reduced lean-to aisles without windows, and dentilled string courses. South aisle with a 4 centred doorway. 5 2-light clerestory windows consisting of twin lancets supporting an octofoiled circle.

North aisle with full-height west porch with triple arched openings to ground floor under continuous pointed hoodmould. Twin lancets above, under continuous rounded hoodmould. 3 lancets in gable head, which has square honeycomb pattern of raised brickwork.

Tall shallow gabled transepts both with similar corner pinnacles to west front. North transept with twin lancets supporting six roundels. South transept with circular stair tower and marks of demolished building which once abutted it.

Square crossing tower with flat buttresses towards transepts, 2 lancets to ech face (with 2 stone stringcourses), and a short pyramid spire.

Chancel projects one bay. East end with 3 flat buttresses to lower half, flanking 2 cusped niches below twin lancets. Lancets with continuous hoodmoulds. Gable oculus, roundels and corner pinnacles as west front.

INTERIOR:

5-bay arcade of circular piers with 4 radiating detached colonnettes with annuli. Roughly finished block capitals. Triple stepped pointed arcade arches and continuous hoodmoulds. Similar hoodmoulds to clerestory windows. Colonnettes rise from pier to support wall post of the arch-braced roof. The arched braces meet the lower collars; second register of arched collars above.

North porch open to the quadripartite rib vault. Walls treated with panels of bull-nosed brick chequerwork. North upper windows with wall passage and columns, the centre niche blind. Aisles with transverse brick arches acting as internal flying buttresses and supporting conventional timber roof. At west end of north aisle is an elaborate staircase to the mortuary chapel: openwork twin cusped arch on a central colonnette under a quatrefoil vesica.

Balustrade of steps with 4 open encircled quatrefoils, repeated to the south and east sides of the landing above twin lancets. Statuary niche with canopy at south-east corner, and 2 open arches below. South aisle with elaborate doorway at east end, with pedestals for statues right and left, dying mouldings in the arch and upper corbelled statue pedestals.

2 shouldered arched recesses to west. Triple chamfered crossing arches, with colonnettes. Quadripartite rib vault and central roundel. North transept vault consists of 3 brick transverse arches, south transept with plastered plain arches. Chancel vault with 5 ribs, all on colonnettes with capitals. Stone reredos of 5 gablets, each over a panel depicting Adoration scenes.

FONT:

circular drum and 8 orbiting porphyry columns on Early English bases. Octagonal marble bowl with 2-light tracery designs to the facets. Timber traceried font cover.

PULPIT:

Polygonal with panelled black marble base supporting elaborate honey-coloured marble parapet with irontwist balusters and rectangular corner pieces, the latter with columns and cusped statuary niches. Rear walls of the recesses with gold tesserae. Timber back panel and canopy, with panelling and thin rib vaulting to canopy, which has a floral scroll in the cornice, and top cusping. Carved angels at the corners.

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