Welcome to Care for St Anne’s
Care for St Anne’s has been supporting the restoration and maintenance of St Anne’s, Limehouse, since 1977. This Grade I listed church has an interesting and architecturally important history and remains in use as the area’s Church of England parish church.
A short history
The church is one of six baroque masterpieces created by Nicholas Hawksmoor with funding from the coal tax via the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches.
Consecrated in 1730, St Anne’s was gutted by fire in 1850 and subsequently restored by Philip Charles Hardwick, architect of the former magnificent Great Hall of Euston Station. This restoration remained close to Hawksmoor’s original design. In 1853, a prize-winning organ built by Davidson and Gray for the Great Exhibition was moved to St Anne’s, where it has been ever since.
As part of the 1850 restoration, a new window at the east end of the church was installed. The window is by Charles Edmund Clutterbuck (1806-61) and is an unusual, enamelled glass design.
By the 1970s, St Anne’s was falling into disrepair. Care for St Anne’s was formed by a group who were passionate about preserving the building for future generations. In the 1980s, a new tensile steel structure, designed by architect Julian Harrap, was inserted into Hardwick’s roof, which was gently straightened and made stronger. This meant the roof itself and the ceiling did not need to be disturbed. In its 40 year history, Care for St Anne’s has repaired the exterior, roof, tower, clock, bells and organ.
The next phase
Care for St Anne’s continues in its commitment to preserve St Anne’s so that this important building can be used and enjoyed by all, now and in the future. Accessibility is a key factor: Hawksmoor’s vision for an imposing landmark was achieved, in part, by placing 15 steps up to the entrances. These steps, although architecturally impressive, significantly reduce accessibility and our first priority for future restoration is to install a lift and create step-free access to nave and gallery levels.
Our vision for St Anne’s is that once step-free access is in place, we will continue to work on the interior and restore the building to its original glory. The work will include repairing and restoring decorative plasterwork, new heating and lighting for the building and remodelling the nave to make the space usable in the 21st Century, as well as restoring the East window.
Help us restore St Anne’s!
You can help us to restore St Anne’s by providing a one-off gift, a regular standing order or by including Care For St Anne’s in your will.
One-off gifts can be sent by cheque to:
Care for St Anne’s, 5 Newell Street, Limehouse, London, E14 7HP.
Alternatively, a donation can be made by bank transfer to:
Care for St Anne’s Business Current Account, Reliance Bank, Faith House, 23-24 Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EB
Sort Code: 60-01-73 Account Number 00213494
If you are a UK tax payer, please fill in the Gift Aid form here. Signing the Gift Aid form means that we can claim an additional 25p for every pound that you give, at no cost to you. This additional money comes from the tax that you have paid on your income.
To set up a standing order to become a more regular giver, the same form can be used.
Registered charity number: 288889