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With all this, plus five shillings for a luncheon ticket, the Consecration Day was quite an expensive occasion. Nevertheless although the weather was unfavourable, all places in the church were taken. The foundations are of concrete composed of blue lias lime and beach, and to support the immense weight of the church the trenches in some places were sunk sixteen feet below the surface and are from six to ten feet wide.
The roof, a single span covering the nave and aisles, is of pitch pine covered with local red tiles. The nave is 84ft by 24ft and about 56ft high. Its principal feature is the arcade of columns, based on the square, with half circle shafts attached to each face, moulded bases and caps of an original combination of circular, diagonal and square members, from which spring back arches of two square orders.
Above the arches is the clerestory. The pulpit was the gift of Mrs.
History of the Church
Cumberlege, widow of the founder of St. It was designed by the church architect and made by J. A ndrews ran a private school for girls at Nos. The Chancel is defined by a low stone wall, a rise in the floor of three steps and a double tie beam overhead. The Chancel is of the type known as Apsidal, because of the end wall being semi-circular.
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Ellen Newton, the wife of the then Rector. The screen behind the communion table, the reredos, was the gift of Dr. Beasley, of Filsham Lodge. It was designed by Sir Aston Webb, one of the most distinguished architects of his day, and made by J. With the oak panelling on either side, it was dedicated in It replaced a small organ which had been taken up from the first church.
The organ was restored in On the south side of the chancel is the Askwith Chapel. Callow, as a memorial to Canon Askwith and dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester in At the west end of the church is the Newton Memorial Window dedicated in and commemorating the Rev. Francis Newton, who was responsible for the building of the present church.
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Naturally, there have been some structural changes during the years history of the church. The first of these came in , when the South Tower block was added.
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When the church was consecrated, the south door was flush with the main wall but the architect had prepared plans for a tower block to provide a vestibule for the south entrance and he had intended that this should be surmounted by an elaborate stone steeple. The tower was put up by a local builder, C. The new nave was of considerable height, 25 feet wide, with massive arcades of Ham Hill stone, with provision made for a future South Aisle.
The windows were large with substantial stone mullions and tracery and are glazed with clear lead lights. The walls are built of brickwork and plastered internally, and the roofs, which are tiles, have barrel ceilings of timber. The base of the tower, in which the organ is placed, was built on the South side of the chancel. At the opposite end of the building on the South West corner of the nave, the porch of vaulted brickwork, paid for by the children of the parish, forms the main entrance to the church.
Above the East window of the chancel, looking down over the High Street, is a canopied stone niche in which is placed another figure of Our Saviour, crowned and in an attitude of benediction, the work of the same sculptor. Whilst mentioning the last window of the chancel, in the pattern of the lead lights there is an example of human frailty as there is an error in the pattern - can you spot it?
The general effect aimed at in the interior was that of airiness, space and brightness. The entrance doorway is rather low and it is thought that it might symbolise that we have to become as little children in order to enter the kingdom or go through the gateway of life. This carving is the work of Mr Herbert Read of Exeter, who also made and carved the oak and walnut altar with its Hopton stone 'Mensa' and the elaborately carved pulpit.
The four ends of the upright and cross pieces matched the ironwork at the base of the Cross. It is not known when the other three ends were removed or why.
The two standard lights before the altar were designed by the architects and are the work of Mr F. Edward Athelson Harper did the painting of the nave ceiling, a teenager who died of typhoid fever in at the age of It consists of boldly treated and slightly stylised flower designs, painted in bright colours on a white ground and representing the vine, roses, passion flower and pomegranate between which arc shields in wreaths of rose and vine leaves charged with sacred emblems, the arms of Canterbury and the Royal Arms.
The decoration of the chancel roof mainly executed by the architects themselves consists of bold friezes on each side. Heaven and earth are filled with Your Glory, Hosanna. The beam across the Sanctuary roof symbolises the barges on the canal, presumably to indicate that the Barge School, which was run by Mrs. Dyer, was a forerunner of our local School.
Mrs Dyer's daughter was a regular member of our congregation for many years.
The barrel roof of the nave was washed and only the background repainted in , during the restoration of the Church. No paint brush has touched Harper's work since he left it in It remains an outstanding feature of the Church, lovely in itself and as a memorial of the offering of a devout teenager's work. The Bishop of Kensington opened the Hall in The Church Hall survived an abortive attempt to sell it in and is now providing an income for the church, having been leased to a Montessori School and Nursery.
In a fund was opened to provide a new organ for the Church but just what happened to this fund we have been unable to discover. Possibly it went into Church funds or more likely, towards having the existing instrument repaired.
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What is certain is that no new organ was installed! The Revd Sturgess died in and there is a memorial plaque to him on the wall opposite the organ. It was in the same year the Revd John Stephen Langton Jones was instituted and inducted as Vicar of St Matthew's and, after a ministry of seventeen years, he retired due to ill health in He became a Canon of Wells Cathedral and kept in touch with some of the present members of our congregation up to his death at the age of In the old vicarage was pulled down and a new one was built on a part of the old site in , and the remainder of the land sold for development as a shopping parade.
Whilst the new one was being built the vicar rented temporary accommodation in the nearby St Stephen's Road. During this period the centenary of the dedication of the original Church was celebrated in and, four years later, in , Prebendary Ruffle celebrated his Silver Jubilee as Vicar of Yiewsley. In we saw the beginning of an important change in connection with our Church School when it was remodelled and extended.
Five years later, on 30th September , shortly after St Matthew's Day, we said farewell to Father Ruffle when he retired after his thirty six year ministry as Vicar of Yiewsley. As a retired clergyman he relinquished his appointment as Prebendary of Finsbury but was appointed a Prebendary Emeritus.