St. Chad, Dunloe Street

I failed to post photographs of St. Chad’s, a large barn-like church designed by James Brooks on a street just behind Haggerston School.   Brooks became a student in the Royal Academy Schools, and set up in practice as an architect in Bloomsbury Square.   In 1862, he moved to a house he designed for himself in Clissold Crescent in Stoke Newington.   Commissions for east end churches, including St. Chad’s, came from fellow parishioners at St. Matthias’s, Stoke Newington who established the Haggerston Church Scheme.   St. Chad’s is a good example of Brooks’s austere and muscular red brick Gothic, entirely appropriate to bring Anglo-Catholicism to Haggerston:-




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