Christ Apostolic Church Bethel

I have been meaning to find out the name of the large Victorian church up the road from the Geffrye Museum.   The answer is that it is now a branch of the Christ Apostolic Church Bethel, but was originally opened in the 1860s as St. Columba, complete with School, Clergy House and Mission House next door.   It was designed by James Brooks.   I remembered seeking it out in the early 1970s, inspired by Ian Nairn’s description of it as ‘a dusky, grubby working church that could as well be in the  Ruhr or an industrial suburb of Paris’:




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