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Consecration of a Church in Southwark

Source: The Illustrated London News, June 15, 1850, p.423

On Monday morning the Bishop of Winchester consecrated a church in Southwark under somewhat peculiar circumstances. The building, which is one of ancient date, stands in St. George's-fields, and has been known as a chapel in connexion with the Philanthropic Society. The removal of the society's premises to Redhill, near Reigate, rendered the chapel useless for the purposes to which it had hitherto been devoted, and arrangements were consequently made with the rector of St. George's that an ecclesiastical district should be assigned to the chapel, and that henceforth it should become one of the parochial churches. In order to carry out this object, the ceremony of consecration was rendered necessary, and Monday was appointed by the Bishop for that purpose. The Bishop has licensed the Rev. G. E. Tate, M.A., late curate of Great Warley, Essex, to be the first incumbent of the new church.