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Church Building

Interior

The church building has a wonderful interior, though much of it is covered up in Lent; visitors find the altar reredos, lady chapel, pictures and monuments particularly fascinating. It is easy, while admiring the east end, to miss the equally interesting baptistery and organ gallery behind you at the west end.

As you move about the church, please take care. This ancient building contains features such as stone steps, hot candles and incense, and a stone floor that is uneven in places. Please take responsibility for the safety of any children that you bring into the church.

It was the induction of W.R. Corbould as Rector in December 1919 that began the process that has given Carshalton its unique appearance. Fr Corbould's friendship with Sir Ninian Comper began a long series of remarkable embel­lishments : a fine aumbry at the high altar ; the gilding and painting of the high altar triptych, the Lady altar reredos, the rood and screen and the construction and decoration of an astonishing organ tribune at the west end.

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Exterior & Graveyard

 

The church building's exterior gives little sign of its wonderful interior. The north side, which most visitors see first, is a Victorian facade constructed mostly of dark flint, giving it a sombre appearance. The south side is earlier and shows signs of the many alterations that have been made over the centuries.

The low tower contains a peal of bells that are rung regularly.

There are also outdoor war memorials in the vicinity of the church, which are shown on a dedicated memorials web site.

The church yard attracts much wildlife including Red Foxes, Grey Squirrels, Common Lizards, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Wrens, Robins, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Starlings, Carrion Crows, Jackdaws, Wood Pigeons, Feral Pigeons, Magpies, Jays, Green Woodpeckers, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtails, Ring-Necked Parakeets, Redwings, and (once) a Hobby. On the ponds over the road there are Mallard and Tufted Ducks, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Coots, Moorhens, Black-Headed Gulls, Mediterranean Gulls, Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, Grey Herons, Egyptian Geese and sometimes Shovellers, Cormorants and Little Grebes.

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Exterior

Graveyard