Tour of St Anne's Church, Limehouse, London
with a talk by architect Julian Harrap
27 April 2021, 18:00 - 20:00 (rescheduled from 16 June 2020)
Join the SPAB and the Betjeman Society for a visit to the remarkable church of St Anne's, Limehouse, one of the five churches designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor under the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711. Completed in 1730, the east London landmark building was gutted by fire in 1850 but rebuilt and is listed Grade I for its architectural significance.
We will explore its history and design, and over forty years of repairs, which have included Julian Harrap’s stabilisation of the roof, and conservation of the tower stonework, which won the first SPAB John Betjeman Award in 1990.
Presented as part of the SPAB’s celebration of 30 years of its John Betjeman Award for excellence in conservation and repair at places of worship, this event includes talks by Julian Harrap and Professor Michael Hebbert, Chairman of Care for St Anne's, who will describe Sir John Betjeman’s role in the Hawksmoor revival and rescue of St Anne’s, along with a guided tour and opportunity to hear about current projects.
Julian Harrap is principal of Julian Harrap Architects LLP and has worked on significant design and conservation projects in the UK and overseas, including the Neues Museum, Berlin.
The lecture will be followed by an informal drinks reception.
Image credit: Steve Cadman, Wikipedia Commons
Booking Terms & Conditions
The church is entered via a flight of steps at the west end and through the west porch. It does not currently have alternative or step-free access from the churchyard. Inside the church, the WCs are accessed via stairs from the nave.
For this event, talks will take place in the nave. On the tour, we will have the opportunity to visit the crypt, tower and internal roof space, all of which are accessed via stairs.
Please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.