Christ Church

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Christ Church

Jamaica Road
Rotherhithe, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, TR16 4RS England
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The church was built in 1839. It was latterly known as Bermondsey Christ Church, and is easily confused with the original Bermondsey Christ Church, but not the same!

The last registers are from 1950 although burials ceased in the early 1850s. This was with the exception of Sir William Gomm (died 1875) and his widow, Elizabeth, Lady Gomm (died 1877), for whom special permission was needed.(Sir William Gomm was the Lord of the Manor of Rotherhithe for 53 years, and his widow followed him in the office for just two years.)

The following press article from the 'South London Press' dated 8 July 1910 states that at that time, when Union Road (now Jamaica Road) was widened, the remains of some bodies were reburied at Brookwood cemetery.

In order to provide for the electrification of the tramway through Bermondsey, Union Road must be widened. To secure, the widening a portion of Christ Church Burial Ground has
been secured and in consequence, some of the bodies buried there must be removed. Three tenders were submitted to the County-Council for the work, the lowest being that of the
London Necropolis Company for £241 and 12s a case. The remains are to be re-interred at Brookwood. The sum quoted will only provide for the removal of the remains to the
Necropolis station in Westminster Bridge Road, the company having agreed to convey the remains to the cemetery and re-inter them at 15s a case. An additional expense will be
involved of £4 4s per week by the employment of a clerk of the works to superintend the removal during a period not exceeding Six weeks.
Demolition of the church was mooted around 1950 but it was not declared redundant until 1958. Plans for demolition in 1964 were not executed and it was used as Diocesan furniture store until 1974. The site was subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order in 1968 by the Greater London Council but the church was only demolished in 1979.

It is believed that the few burials in the church itself and the Gomms were taken to Nunhead cemetery. Part of the site was taken up by road widening, and the remainder is now (2016) occupied by the Bosco Centre (a Roman Catholic / Salesian youth centre).

Notwithstanding all this information the names of those relocated in 1910 are not known or whether those that remained were removed in 1979 or simply built/grassed over.

GPS Coordinates: 51.49897, -0.05838

  • Added: 12 Jan 2016
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