About the Church
St Andrew's Church is situated on the corner of Landor Road and Lingham Street and is the oldest church in Lambeth apart from the parish church of St. Mary. It is currently closed for Health & Safety reasons.
In 1711, a year after the establishment of Commissioners for building fifty new churches in London, Westminster and the suburbs, the inhabitants of Lambeth presented a petition to the Commissioners praying that an additional church might be built in the parish. Sir John Thorny-croft, Lord of Stockwell Manor, offered to present two acres of waste ground, and the consent of those freeholders of the Manor who enjoyed rights of common was obtained. As a result of this offer the Commissioners resolved that "the new Church intended to be built within the parish of Lambeth, ought to be erected within the Liberty of Stockwell, upon the ground offer'd gratis by Sir John Thornicroft". There has been a church on this site since 1767. It is locally listed by the London Borough of Lambeth as a building "of architectural interest".
For some undiscovered reason this project came to nothing and it was not until 1767 that a piece of land on the estate of the Duke of Bedford was obtained, and Stockwell Chapel erected. The cost of erecting the chapel was met by voluntary subscriptions. In 1788 the land on which the chapel was built, part of Stack Yard Field, was conveyed by Francis, fifth Duke of Bedford, to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Winchester and the Rector of Lambeth and their successors upon trust for use as a chapel of ease. In 1844 it was stated that the chapel could hold 800 people. It was drastically remodelled in 1867 and extended westwards by one bay so that the accommodation was increased to 1,043. A tower was also built at the southwest corner at this time and the galleries were reconstructed. The architect for these works, which cost approximately £2,500, was Henry Edward Coe. The building was opened on November 30, 1867, and consecrated on June 11, 1868, and dedicated to St. Andrew; a Consolidated Chapelry was assigned in the same year.
St Andrew's exterior is a re modelling of the original building built by H.E. Coe in 1887, which is Romanesque in style. This remodelling included the current tower, and west and side galleries. In 1924, the west and side galleries were removed. The vestries and Lady Chapel were included in 1891 and 1894 by AJ Pilkington. It was later rendered by the Victorians. The Church has a south facing tower, consisting of a nave, sanctuary, Lady Chapel, choir and clergy vestry.
St Andrew's internal features include the Rose Window, which depicts St Andrew, St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke and St John. It also includes mahogany pews, which still have evidence of Victorian numbers, that relate to the pews that were purchased by families in order to reserve a seat. If they failed to attend in time for the service, they were given to others on a first come, first serve basis.
The original track remains at the altar allowed the pulpit to be moved from one end to the other of the Church. The interior of the church includes an attractive tiled First World War memorial, including the names of 61 local men (some of whom are also named on Stockwell War Memorial). Their histories have been researched by local resident Naomi Klein – you can read them at www.stockwellwarmemorial.co.uk.
Adjacent to the Church is Hammerton Hall, circa 1906 (although the exact date of when the hall was erected is not certain). Hammerton Hall was gifted by Charles Hammerton's family, to be used for the purposes of the local community.
In October 2017, St Andrew's held a 250 years anniversary service, led by the Archdeacon of Lambeth, Simon Gates, that was well attended by our parishioners and the local community, to celebrate the past and present and to focus on making the futureof Stockwell Parish a welcoming one.
The Church has strong links with St Andrew's School on Kay Road, which holds its harvest festival assembly ar St Andrew's. The Church supports local causes such as the Brixton Food Bank.
The Church and the Hall are in an unrepairable state. The Parish is keen to redevelop the site to create a new church and community hall so that it can continue to fulfil its purpose of serving the local community.
If you wish to make any donations or can help with securing planning approval, your thoughts are warmly welcome. If you would be willing to help, please go to the Giving page to see how to give.
Please contact our churchwardens who will be happy to speak with you.
St. Andrew's Church Hall (Hammerton Hall)
The Church Hall is sadly closed for Health & Safety reasons and is not available for hire.