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Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London

Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London


Tree: 7. Essex Enevers (5)

S. Peter’s London Docks is the Anglican Parish Church of Wapping, ‘from the Prospect of Whitby to Tower Bridge’.

S. Peter’s was the first Anglican mission to the poor of London. Work was begun in 1856 by The Revd CF Lowder MA and a group of priests, all were members of the Society of the Holy Cross. The Society had been founded a year earlier with the express purpose of banding priests to a common rule of life and prayer in mission service.

Wapping was one of the poorest districts in London, a haunt of prostitutes and petty criminals, living alongside those who earned a precarious living from the docks.

Lowder’s work began in Lower Well Alley (now the park by the James Orwell sports centre) and moved to an iron Church in Calvert Street (now Tench Street). Lowder's group of Clergy and Sisters provided practical care through Schools, clubs, cheap canteens and child care and spiritual care through a wide range of services, centered on the Mass at the Mission Churches.

In 1866 the new Church of S. Peter in Old Gravel Lane (Now Wapping Lane) was consecrated. Soon afterwards cholera struck the East End, Lowder organised Sisters of mercy and others to care for the sick and raised funds for a tented hospital. The Priests and Sisters took great risks and worked without stint for the people of Wapping. At the end of the cholera people were calling Lowder, ‘the Father’ because he seemed like the father of the whole community. This soon became ‘Father Lowder’, the first known example of an Anglican priest being thus addressed.

In 1873 Lincoln Stanhope Wainright came to Wapping as curate to Father Lowder.He was to remain over 50 years in the service of the people here . Father Wainright was a living saint working without stint, giving away the very clothes and shoes we wore. He once discovered a young lad stealing a clock from the Clergy House, persuaded him to have some cocoa in the kitchen, talked to him at length and soon had him serving Mass in the Church and in employment.

 Fr Wainright died in February 1929 in S. Peter’s Clergy House. The people of Wapping stood in line to climb the un-carpeted stairs to view the mortal remains of one who had been their priest and friend for a life-time.

S. Peter’s London Docks has had other great priests, Father Pond who put the parish back on its feet after Father Wainright’s long final illness, Father Leutchford who was loved for visiting round the parish from shelter to shelter during the blitz, Fr Fox who moved mountains in the post war years to repair the Church, Father Foizey who served Wapping for over twenty years in difficult times of change.Wapping has had great priests because priests have always counted it a privilege to serve this unique community.


Latitude: 51.5025444, Longitude: -0.0691444


Matches 1 to 7 of 7

   Last name, First name(s)    Christened    Person ID   Tree 
1 JONES, Katherine Eliza  26 Feb 1895Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23771 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
2 JONES, Rose Eliza  20 Dec 1893Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23770 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
3 JONES, Thomas Hiram  3 Nov 1902Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23774 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
4 WILLIAMS, Caroline Eliza  13 Oct 1901Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23799 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
5 WILLIAMS, Edward  13 Oct 1901Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23803 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
6 WILLIAMS, Edward Albert  12 Feb 1905Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23823 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
7 WILLIAMS, Maud Matilda  21 Dec 1902Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London I23822 7. Essex Enevers (5) 


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Family (spouse)    Married    Family ID   Tree 
1 BLANKING / TRIMBEY  16 Apr 1906Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London F7482 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
2 WILLIAMS / RAYMOND  8 Apr 1906Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, London F7489 7. Essex Enevers (5) 
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