St Andrews Pictures

Yo! For a tiny window of time, I’m assuming, Blogger is allowing me to upload pics before having its next breakdown, so here are a couple of images of the lost St Andrew’s Church we were discussing yesterday. We still know very little indeed about it – built in 1900 and demolished around 1986, a sad little unloved building that became redundant within a few years of its erection.
If I’m totally honest, looking at these pics, hand-on-heart, this isn’t a completely tragic loss. It looks fairly bog-standard – non-conformist, I’d guess – maybe United Reformed, though to be honest no one seems to know what denomination it was. It’s not great architecture, though it’s nice enough and certainly no blot. What is sad is that nothing seems to have replaced it.
What this does highlight for me though, is how easily history can be lost – even today, in the days of cheap cameras and easy publication. I don’t want to be rude, but these pics aren’t exactly of the highest quality – especially the snow one – but they are the best we seem to have (though there is a charming little pic and a tiny snippet of info here courtesy of Kirsty.)
Most of us have some kind of camera these days. IMHO it’s almost a duty to record what we have around us – from the extraordinary to the banal – for future generations. I recently spent some time at Greenwich Heritage Centre trying to find photographs of my road. Apart from one picture which had been wrongly labelled and was actually of a building two streets away, there was nothing. Not one single snapshot of a road that must have seen so much.
Get out this Bank Holiday weekend folks, and take a few snaps of your road. Not just the grand stuff; the little, ordinary things that make up the 21st Century. Future generations will thank you…


2 Comments to “St Andrews Pictures”

  1. Otherwarwickaddick says:

    I met one of your commenters, Keith, recently at the Valley and he has introduced me to this thread. I lived in Boord Street, adjacent to the Church and can confirm that it was C of E and active up to the late fifties, at least. I was in the choir and youth club at the Church which at that time was rather high church with incense etc. It was combined with Christ Church in the late fifties and shared a vicar. Earlier in the fifties, it had its own vicar, a Father Corlish or similar who lived in Tunnel Avenue. There was also a Church Hall adjacent where the local youth club met.

  2. otherwarwickaddick says:

    I felt that I needed to add to my earlier post to record that during WWII the crypt of this church was used a public air raid shelter. Of course many people used their home Anderson shelters instead. I must point out that my mother told me this – I’m not quite that old!