There are many pieces to St Peter’s history. We remember the past and look toward a future of God’s love and joy.
St Peter’s was built from 1866 to 1870 on the former grounds of Premonstratensian Abbey, using sea-worn stones from the coast of Kent. Fredereick Marrable, a prominent architecht who designed Garrick Street and the Garrick Club in Covent Garden, took on the task of designing the Gothic features of St Peter’s, bringing it to life. He also designed St Mary Magdalene’s Church in St Leonards-on-Sea.
Marrable designed the nave (main body of the church, where the chairs and congregation are) to be notably wider than its contemporaries. We suspect Marrable felt the same as we do: The more we can fit inside, the merrier.
Our main church hall is much larger than it appears on the outside, and is replete with a gallery, side chapel, organ console and classically awe-inspiring pipes.
The hand-wound clock in the tower was built by Smiths of Clerkenwell, who also created Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament. The clock was added to the tower, not as an afterthought, but much later in the game as St Peter’s crowning jewel. It uniquely consists of three chambers, so it is intelligently designed, beautifully built and very expensive to maintain.
There are many WWI memorials adorning the walls, a special tribute to the brave men and women drafted from Brockley who never made it home.
Rev Corinne Tournay travelled from Belgium to England to pursue theological studies in the 1990s, and as a new ordinand, began a long labour of love to rebuild the crumbling and unpopular St Peter’s. After years of planning and fundraising, St Peter’s underwent renovation by the grace of God in 2006. It still contains the original beautiful and ornate Gothic stained windows and high arches, with the new addition of colourful modern upgrades.
Brockley Parish is in the Deanery of Deptford, in the Diocese of Southwark as part of the Church of England. St Peter’s Brockley is led by the vicar and governed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC), who are lay members of the congregation annually elected to term. There are also two Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary Representatives (SPAs) who support the vicar through providing additional pastoral care in the community.
Corinne has been serving as the parish vicar for 18 years, and normally presides over the Sunday and Wednesday services. She works closely with a good variety of guest speakers to keep teachings challenging.
St Peter’s Brockley has been a part of the community for 146 years. We hope that it is a challenging yet safe space, where you can ask difficult questions and feel comfortable exploring your faith and finding your own relationship with God. We hope to see you here.
Please feel welcome to stop in during one of our services to take a look, and keep an eye out for our annual Open Day (usually May or September, sometimes both) where we offer tours up the clock tower.