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

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


Tree: 2. East End Ennevers

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 8 of 8

   Last name, First name(s)    Christened    Person ID   Tree 
1 IMHOFE, Catherine  19 Apr 1896Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I4442 2. East End Ennevers 
2 IMHOFE, Eliza  26 Apr 1891Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I4441 2. East End Ennevers 
3 IMHOFE, Frederick James  6 Oct 1889Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I4440 2. East End Ennevers 
4 IMHOFE, George  25 Feb 1902Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I13821 2. East End Ennevers 
5 IMHOFE, James Edward  26 Mar 1893Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I13820 2. East End Ennevers 
6 IMHOFE, Maud  12 Sep 1899Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I4444 2. East End Ennevers 
7 IMHOFE, Minnie  12 Dec 1897Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I4443 2. East End Ennevers 
8 IMHOFE, William  2 Jun 1908Parish Church, St Peter, London Docks, Wapping, Middlesex I13822 2. East End Ennevers 
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