History and restoration
Images below by Philip Raymond Photography
St Anne’s was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor and consecrated in 1730. It is Grade I listed and the churchyard and surrounding area is designated as a Conservation Area. For more on the history of the building please see our visitors leaflet here.
The building has undergone 40 years of restoration so far to make it structurally sound and more appropriate for modern use. We are currently raising funds to install a lift to allow full access to all the main levels. We hope to complete the restoration of the nave within the next few years. For more on the restoration appeal and Care for St Anne’s, visit their page here.
You can view a presentation of our architect’s plans for the building here.
Restoration of the great east window
The great east window at St Anne’s is a huge depiction of the Crucifixion which is over 150 years old and badly in need of repair. The cost of repairs has been estimated at £100,000. You can help us to reach this goal by sponsoring an area of the picture.
We’re aiming to raise £40,000 through sponsorship, with the remainder grant funded. This is a challenging amount to raise and may take quite some time but with the help of the community in Limehouse and support from further afield, we are determined to do it.
Click here to view our online sponsorship pages which have full details of how you can pick a pane to sponsor.
Visiting our building
We are pleased to be able to open the building to visitors on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 4pm. However, do check before travelling as from time-to time we’ll need to close for private events. You are also very welcome to visit before or after our 10.30am Sunday service, or contact us to arrange access at another time.
Hire our building
Our building is often used for filming, by orchestras, for children’s parties and in other ways. The crypt and main church building are both available for hire either together or separately. The crypt has toilet and kitchen facilities, and there is also a good-sized car park available for your use.
Please contact us to discuss your particular event and availability. Our hire agreement is available here. Our bank details for payment of deposit and fees may be found in the finance section below.