Later History of the Church — since 1930

1930 to 1990

The next major changes to the church occurred after the second world war. In 1947 four new stained glass windows by Geoffrey Fuller Webb (1879-1954), with his spider–web “signature”, initials and the date in the bottom of the right window, were put into the chancel, commemorating the death in action in 1940 of Ronald Wilfrid Willett. In 1950 the Victorian altar and reredos were replaced by the present altar and the wooden panelling behind it, and new altar rails were put in, and in 1958 a vestry was added to the north side of church, making up with size for what it lacked in beauty. The vestry now also contains a kitchen.

Willett Window
Second world war commemoration stained glass Geoffrey Webb’s spider-web logo and date 1947
The centre two panels of the stained glass
commemorating R. W. Willett’s death in action
Geoffrey Webb’s trademark

Since 1990

The tapestry, begun in 1990, and the paintings of the career of Saint Augustine of Canterbury appear on other pages on this site.

The last additions to the church building in the twentieth century were two stained glass windows in the side aisle, the work of Rosalind Ilse Grimshaw in 2002. Placed there as a memorial to members of the Bartlett family they depict Julian of Norwich and Josephine Butler.

Bartlett Family Window
Whole Window Detail
Rosalind Grimshaw’s Mother Julian of Norwich Julian of Norwich, nun and mystic Detail of Emma Bartlett in Rosalind Grimshaw’s Mother Julian of Norwich Emma Bartlett (1909-1998) in the Julian of Norwich window
Detail of Kathleen Bartlett in Rosalind Grimshaw’s Mother Julian of Norwich Kathleen Bartlett (1910-1980) in the Julian of Norwich window
Rosalind Grimshaw’s Josephine Butler Josephine Butler, social reformer Detail of Hazel Bartlett in Rosalind Grimshaw’s Josephine Butler Hazel Bartlett (1920-2001) in the Josephine Butler window
Detail of Joan Bartlett in Rosalind Grimshaw’s Josephine Butler Joan Bartlett (1913-2009) in the Josephine Butler window

Recent developments

In 2006 the church was awarded grade 2 listed building status, as being of special architectural or historical interest, largely because of its original dual use. Five years after that, work began on an annexe, now completed, which is used by the children and for the Anchor Coffee Shop, amongst others. Although the church is now more than a hundred and and fifty years old, it is well placed to continue its purpose of being a place where God’s people can meet together and worship God.