Tower, Clock and Bells Centenary Project

Christchurch Tower CentenaryChrist Church Erith wins Heritage Lottery Fund support.

Christ Church Erith has received £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through their Sharing Heritage programme, for an exciting project, Christ Church Erith tower, clock and bells centenary 2015. Led by volunteers from the local bellringers the project focuses on the history of the tower.

Using archive material mainly from the parish and the Bexley Local Studies Centre, volunteers will research the history and prepare displays that can be seen next year both in the church on regular open days and on loan throughout the local community.

With its tall spire Christ Church Erith is a notable local landmark but we want to show the community what is inside. While the church was consecrated in 1874 the tower wasn’t added until over 40 years later funded by the generosity of the then vicar, Canon AW Boulden. Commenting on the award, Rachel Backhouse, Tower Captain, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to sharing our heritage and history with community groups and local people.”

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “The celebration of Christ Church tower’s centenary is a fine example of HLF’s Sharing Heritage programme that, thanks to Lottery players, makes it possible for local people to choose what is important to them, what they want to save, and how they want to spread the word throughout their community.”

Tower, Clock and Bells Centenary 2015

Documents held in the Bexley Local Studies and Archives Centre provided the inspiration for this project. The tower and spire were added to Christ Church in 1914-15. On the following pages you can read the weekly reports from the Clerk of Works, Mr H. Jarvis, on the progress of the build. These are reproduced with permission from Bexley Local Studies and Archives.

If you would like to see more of the building itself and look at our other displays then please come along to Christ Church, Victoria Road, Erith to one of the tower open days on the following dates:

March 22nd 2015 3-5pm
April 19th 2015 3-5pm
May 17th 2015 3-5pm
June 7th 2015 11.30am-12.30pm
June 21st 2015 3-5pm
July 5th 2015 11.30am-12.30pm
July 19th 2015 3-5pm
August 16th 2015 3-5pm
September 20th 2015 3-5pm

National Lottery Funded

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