W E L C O M E to St. Paul's, Bow Common !
This Church of England church is situated in East London,
in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
You can find us at the corner of Burdett Rd. and St. Paul's Way
(London E3 4AR) Click here for a map.*
Nearest Underground Station: Mile End (Central, District and Hammersmith Lines)
Nearest DLR Station: Westferry:
Buses 277, D6, D7 and 309 stop very near the church.
This church replaces an earlier building of 1858 destroyed in the bombing of the last War and was consecrated in 1960.
It has been described as 'the most significant post-War Church in Britain'.
The Vicar is Prebendary Duncan Ross
St. Paul's Vicarage, Leopold Street, London E3 4LA
Tel: 020 7987 4941 Fax: 020 7987 7414
For dates for what is happening please see page 4 of the News Sheet page
For more contact details and map ... see Contact or Find us
* (Please be warned that the pointer on the on-line map seems to move about and show us up to a few hundred meters from where we really are!)
* The church is at the junction of Burdett Rd. and St. Paul's Way.
Return to top
On a return visit to the church in November 2012, Jason John Paul Haskins (Texas) who explores Ecclesiastical Architecture from the perspective of Liturgy and worship (both of which come together in the design and use of our building) in his excellent website, 'Locus Iste,' has commented both on his visit and on the 'Outraged Christ' (just click on the underlined links).
LOCAL ART !
Just a few days before the recent mUsaic exhibition opened, a beautiful mosaic work was unveiled in an area of new housing less than five minutes walk from the church on the new Geoff Cade Way (just off St. Paul's Way) by BAMM member and accomplished Artist and Mosaicist Gary Drostle.
This link takes you to his website - well worth a visit - which shows his amazing versatility as an artist and an astonishing range of commissions which he has undertaken in the UK and abroad.
Charles Lutyens successful retrospective exhibition 'Being in The World' ran for three months in the church in 2011 and his extraordinary wooden Crucifixion sculpture of the 'Outraged Christ' (a powerful 15ft wooden sculpture set alongside the 800 sq ft mosaic mural of 'The Heavenly Host' made for this church 1963-68) is remaining at St. Paul's, Bow Common for a period of up to one further year until October 2013.
This sculpture can be viewed by arrangement with the Church by e-mail or see 'Contact or Find us'.
During Holy Week 2012, as we focused intensely upon the Passion and Death of Christ in the powerful drama of worship in that week, we turned the whole orientation of the church sea ting around to face this figure as the backdrop to our worship and our celebrations from Palm Sunday up to Good Friday.
Normally the figure is 'embedded' within the seating of the congregation with people seated all around it. However, the amazing flexibility of the church was exploited in perhaps the most radical way for worship, since it was built!
The views which follow witness to this. as do the 3 sections in these areas of this site ...
here ... here .. and .. here
You can also visit this BBC clip about the well-known historian, Prof. Dermaid Macculoch, commenting on the uniqueness of this depiction of the Crucifixion:
Confirmation Service 17th July 2011
All images & text on this website © Duncan Ross 2011, 2012, 2013
Return to top of this section