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St Paul's, Bow Common Interior c. Steve Cadman

Talk on Maguire and Murray by Robert Drake

Fans of C20 church architecture will be interested to know that Robert Drake, Honorary Secretary of the C20 Society and an expert on C20 churches, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Transforming the liturgy through architecture: the work of Robert Maguire and Keith Murray’ at St Paul’s, Bow Common on Saturday 10 October. The event also includes a talk from Eddie Tulasiewicz of the National Churches Trust, followed by discussion and a church tour.

The talk will cover the genesis of St Paul’s and why it was such a radical departure from previous church architecture, what the first priest Father Gresham Kirby wanted to achieve with the architects Robert Maguire and Keith Murray, and some of the artists involved such as Ralph Beyer and Charles Lutyens.  He will put the church in the context of Maguire and Murray’s  other religious buildings  and other modern churches of the same date.

Robert Drake will also talk about the wider work of the C20 Society in increasing appreciation of C20th churches and saving them and their fittings. Finally, he will mention the C20 online Church Gazetteer – an inter-active resource listing places of Christian worship in the UK from 1914 to the present day – which was launched earlier this year by C20 Society, with the financial support of Historic England.

The event is part of a short series exploring this remarkable church building, which was awarded the National Churches Trust and Ecclesiastical Surveyors and Architects Association Diamond Jubilee Award as the UK’s Best Modern Church. You may also be interested in this clip of the artist Charles Lutyens, re-living his 5 year project to create the mosaic work, 1963-68, earlier this year.

All are welcome to this event at St Paul’s, Bow Common, London  E3 4AR on Saturday 10 October from 12 pm – 2pm.  Refreshments will be served. Travel directions to St Paul’s, Bow Common, London  E3 4AR can be found at


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