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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Outer South Aisle

Outer South Aisle

To the right of the Scawen monu­ment is a smaller monument with arms and Scottish clan motto Furth, forth and fill the fetters: Sacred to the Memory of Harriet, The beloved wife of James Arthur Murray, Captain in the Royal Navy, who departed this life July the 29th, 1829, Aged 32 years.

Outer South Aisle

Outer South Aisle

At the east end of the outer south aisle is a monument to Sir William Scawen MP, joint founder and second Governor of the Bank of England 1697–99, who died in 1722 aged 75. The reclining figure is said to be an idealised likeness, rather than a true one. The inscription commemorates his wife Mary who died in 1733 aged 33. On the top is an urn and a child wiping his eye, and holding a shield.

Outer South Aisle

Outer South Aisle

The monument to John Fellowes, Baronet, who died in 1724 aged 54, was moved here from the east end of the north aisle in around 1891 during reconstruction of the building. It is just visible in its original position in the left-hand side of an 1826 water-colour painting. The window behind it was not blocked up until 1914.

Outer South Aisle

Outer South Aisle

The monu­ment to Elizabeth Kennedy: Sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth Devereux Kennedy, Who died on the 14th of June 1852, In the 80th year of her age. With Christ, which is far better.

Outer South Aisle

Outer South Aisle

This 17th century painting, framed by Comper, was given by Robert Corbould (Rector) in thanksgiving for his nephews' safe return from the Second World War.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

To the right (north) of the arch there are three monuments.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

The eastern window stained glass is by Kempe and shows the angel Gabriel saying to Mary "Ave Maria grã plã" (Hail Mary, highly favoured from the Bible, Luke 1:28) to which Mary replies "Ecce ancilla Dõi fiat mihi secundũ verbũ tuũ" (Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word from the Bible, Luke 1:38). The same figures and quotations dominate the two main panels of the lady altar reredos.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel west window stained glass is also by Kempe, and shows Elisabeth saying to Mary "Benedicta tu inter mulieribus" (Blessed are you among women from the Bible, Luke 1:42).

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

Opposite the table tomb is a memorial to Elizabeth Byne, who died in 1687 in childbirth, bearing James Byne who apparently survived. Her parents Henry and Alice Herringman are commemorated on the next memorial to the right.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

The second high monument is to George Taylor.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

On the left (south) side are monuments to Thomas Plummer MP and his family.

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

Below the Burrish memorial is a table tomb, believed to have been moved in the 19th Century, commem­orating Nicholas Gaynesford and his wife Margaret, both of whom died in 1400. The tomb back panel shows a man in Yorkist early Tudor armour; four sons behind him dressed respectively as a squire, a priest, and two merchants; then a woman; and four daughters.

Tower

Tower

The monument to Susanna Shepley (sister of Michael who is commemorated in the Lady Chapel), provided by the surviving sister. Shepley memorial Sacred to the Memory of Susanna Shepley, sister of Michael Shepley, Esq, Who departed this life Feb. 19th, 1840. In the respective duties of daughter, sister, and friend, she was exemplary. This monument is erected by her only and affectionately attached sister. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Tower

Tower

One of the monuments to the Beynon family; this one refers to Edmund and Martha Beynon.

Tower

Tower

The tower contains the peal of Bells which is why there is a bell rope in this picture, as well as monuments including this one to Robert Houstoun, his wife Isabella and their son, another Robert. Overhead is a hatch in the ceiling through which the refurbished bells were hoisted in 1979. The old font below is believed to have come from St Andrew's church and is now used as a Holy Water stoup.

South Aisle

South Aisle

One of several monuments to the Beynon family can be found to the right of the arch from the south aisle into the tower; the inscription indicates that this one is to Edward Beynon, and to Martha Beynon.

South Aisle

South Aisle

The Outer South Aisle (left) and South Aisle (right) with sunlight pouring through the windows. The arcade was made in around 1220 [41]. In the floor are a number of gravestones.

South Aisle

South Aisle

This stone set into the floor commem­orates Stephen Heath who died in 1782 aged 64. He may have been the father of Martha and Stephen commem­orated on the Beynon memorial nearby.

South Aisle

South Aisle

A small brass plate near the west end of the south wall commemorates E. Ralph Cooke: To the Glory of God and memory of my beloved husband E. Ralph Cooke Private Hon.Artillery Company Killed in Action on 31st. March 1917 At Ecoust in France. "Faithful unto Death."

Chancel

Chancel

Opposite the aumbry are old Lord's Prayer and Creed boards. To the right of them, the Latin inscription above the gateway into the Lady Chapel is from the Bible, Song of Songs 2:1: Ego sum flos campi et lilium convallium (in English I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys) applied by some [21] to Christ, but here it may exploit the ambiguity found in medieval writers such as Julian of Norwich between Christ and his mother Mary[43].

Chancel

Chancel

On the south side of the Chancel hangs a painting, said to be a fragment cut from a very large Italian work.

Chancel

Chancel

The chancel, looking towards the high altar. Sanctuary lights mark the High Altar, which is used every Sunday at the Low and High Masses. The frontal cloth on the altar shows the colour for the current church season (green in the photo). The centre panel of the gold reredos is dominated by a statue of Mary carrying the baby Jesus, flanked (unusually) by Isaiah and John the Baptist.

Chancel

Chancel

The aumbry beside the high altar.

Screen

Screen

The screen is made of oak in the traditional English style. It supports statues of Jesus at his crucifixion, flanked by his mother Mary and St John the disciple. The screen was probably made by Bodley in 1911. A brass floor plaque records: This screen was given to the Glory of God by Albert Peatling and Muriel Palliser Peatling.

Screen

Screen

The screen was altered by Comper in 1931–33 (raised and gilded), 1938–1941 (painted), 1947 (surmounted by Christ in Majesty) and 1948 (fronted by semicircular stone steps).

Nave

Nave

A view view of the nave from the south side, looking towards the baptistery.

Nave

Nave

The pulpit, which is used at most main services, is made of oak. It is Georgian, and present in the earliest photographs; the sounding board and stairs were added by Comper in 1946. It is inscribed PREDICAMVS CHRISTVM IESVM CRVCIFIXVM PREDICAMVS meaning we preach Christ Jesus crucified we preach which is based on 1 Corinthians 1:23 in the Bible.

Nave

Nave

An overall view of the nave looking towards the screen and chancel. The loudspeakers were installed in May 1987.

Baptistery and organ gallery

Baptistery and organ gallery

The baptistery has three stained glass windows, which seem to depict the orders of angels (see the Wikipedia entry on medieval theology) as they were described by St. Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica whose ideas are still discussed in catholic circles today.

Baptistery and organ gallery

Baptistery and organ gallery

A mysterious ancient carved stone is built into the wall behind the font. It was left in the churchyard after the 1891–4 demolition, and retrieved by Peatling in 1914.

Baptistery and organ gallery

Baptistery and organ gallery

The baptistry is enclosed by the organ gallery, erected to the designs of Comper in 1931–2, vaulted in 1933–5, painted in 1935–6, decorated in 1937–8, and embellished with three statuettes in 1941. Here is a picture of the underside of the west end gallery, which is faced with an inscribed painted screen.

Baptistery and organ gallery

Baptistery and organ gallery

The baptistery is at the west end of the building, and contains the font, the inscription on which says IN NOMINE PATRIS ET FILII ET SPIRITVS SANCTVS meaning In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit which is said by the priest during baptism, and is taken from the Bible, Matthew 28:19. There are baptisms here most Sundays.

Sacristy

Sacristy

On the wall opposite the door to the North Aisle is a cross commem­orating Revd Morton Willoughby Cokayne (an assistant curate) who died in 1894 aged only 28.

Sacristy

Sacristy

The only remaining stained glass from before the 19th century reconstruction is now located in the sacristy partition. It is marked "J.P. 1743" and shows the Magi worshipping the baby Jesus.

North Aisle

North Aisle

By the north door there is a group of monuments, all of which must have been moved to here when the church was rebuilt in 1891.

North Aisle

North Aisle

Half-way along the north wall is a Flemish nativity scene behind the North Aisle altar. The picture was bought by Fr Corbould (Rector 1919–1958) for his own home, but proved to be too large to fit. The altar below it is seldom used, apart from being turned round to represent a stable at Christmas, and is believed to have come from St Andrew's church.

North Aisle

North Aisle

Continuing eastwards we pass a wooden plaque in memory of Juland Dingwall, which says: TO THE GLORY OF GOD & IN TENDER MEMORY OF A DEARLY LOVED BROTHER JULAND PATRICK DINGWALL 2ND. SON OF CHARLES DINGWALL & KATHERINE HIS WIFE: BORN AT BLOOMFIELD, CATERHAM 27TH. MAY 1896: PASSED AWAY AT SHEPLEY HOUSE, CARSHALTON 17TH. JULY 1910 AND BURIED IN THIS CHURCHYARD: AGE 14. God set His seal and marked him out for His own.

North Aisle

North Aisle

At the west end is a stained glass window by Comper dedicated to Hugh Vaughan Peirs: Dedicated by the family of Hugh Vaughan Peirs who was born at Repton in Derbyshire 13th.June 1855 & died at Carshalton 17th.November. A Dñi 1931. Commending him and the men of this place who gave their lives, for vs in the War 1914–1918 to the infinite mercy of God. There is a brass wall plaque of remembrance beside it.

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

Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior
Church Exterior

Graveyard

New Graveyard
New Graveyard
Middle Graveyard
Middle Graveyard
Middle Graveyard
Middle Graveyard
Ancient Graveyard
Ancient Graveyard
Ancient Graveyard
Middle Graveyard