St. Marks Church; 2009

Torla Evans

 
St. Marks Church; 2009
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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St. Marks Church, opposite the Oval cricket ground.
St Mark’s Church is on the site of the old Roman Road Stane Street, which ran all the way from the Roman London Bridge to Chichester, via the gap in the North Downs at Box Hill. Kennington Park Road still follows the route of the old Stane Street.
During the Second World War the area was heavily bombed and St Mark’s suffered serious damage. The only parts to survive were the Grecian facade and pillars, topped by the small cupola and cross.
But after seven years of dereliction, the Rev Wallace Bird obtained permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury, patron of the parish and close neighbour of St Mark’s at nearby Lambeth Palace, to rebuild both the buildings and the congregation.
In 1960 the restored St Mark’s was re-opened.

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