Tuesday, 25th September 2pm
The Fenland and Wash Group have organised an exclusive tour of one of Woolwich's most fascinating sites. This will be an afternoon visit which will include St George’s Garrison Church where there will be contractors and conservators on site repairing the building and restoring the decorative tile-work and marble used to line the chancel and apse walls.
The church was designed by the Wyatt brothers in the mid-nineteenth century as the garrison church for the Royal Artillery to house the memorials to the fallen, including VC winners from the Crimea until WW2 when it was damaged by a V2 rocket. The church suffered from bomb damage in 1944 and was subsequently largely demolished to create a memorial garden. The east end was consolidated and has been roofed over to protect the remaining fabric, including mosaic of St George. It is currently under a repair contract funded by Historic England and others. The works include a new floor to the apse, fabric repairs and protection, repair of the pulpit and altar, repairs to marble and alabaster mouldings, tiles and inscriptions.
Refreshments will be provided as part of the church visit and are included in the ticket price.
1400hrs: Meet at the gates of the Garrison Church on Grand Depot Road, Woolwich SE18 6XJ.
Introduction by Ian Harper of Historic England to the client Heritage of London Trust (HOLT-Ops), and the Contractor Dr David Carrington of Skillington Workshop. He and his staff will describe the works and lead a tour of the site, to be followed by tea and discussion.
1545hrs: Depart for a guided tour of the Woolwich Arsenal site.
1700hrs: End of formal visit; adjourn to The Guard House, built in 1788 and occupied by various police forces until 1896-7 when the building was converted for record storage, office use and eventually a public house.
About the Fenland & Wash Regional Group
The group was set up by a number of enthusiastic members in 2003 to promote SPAB philosophy amongst homeowners and those who work on old buildings. Our area loosely covers Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire, although some events are outside this area.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.