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Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex

Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex



 



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Notes: People have lived in what we now call Stepney since about a thousand years before the birth of Christ. It is thought that the first church was built here sometime between St Augustine's conversion of the English in the 6th century, and 952 when a second church was erected on the site by St Dunstan.

The first church was probably wooden, and dedicated to All Saints, but it is thought that St Dunstan built his church here in stone. No part of this original structure survives, apart from a tenth century stone relief panel of the Crucifixion, which you can see under the east window.

Some time after St Dunstan was made a saint in 1029, the church was rededicated to him. In 1896 the ancient dedication of All Saints was revived, and the two names have been used together ever since.

In the middle ages, Stepney became a favoured country retreat for lords and merchants. St Dunstan's became a place of wealth and importance. It was in this period that the building took its present shape, with the chancel built in the thirteenth century and the nave in the fifteenth.

Stepney was in the heart of intellectual life during the Reformation of the sixteenth century. John Colet, Dean of St Pauls and St Dunstan's most famous vicar, was one of the leading scholars of the "new learning" from which the Reformation sparing. His friends Erasmus and Thomas More were regular visitors to his Stepney mansion.

This mansion was the home of Thomas Cromwell from 1534 and it was from here that he masterminded the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Successive rectors were staunch supporters of the new Protestantism, and the parish was staunchly Parliamentarian during the Civil War.

The population of London's East End grew hugely in the next two centuries, and in the eighteenth century the parish was split, with new churches built in such areas as Bethnal Green, Spitalfields and Limehouse, to minister to the vast numbers of people who now sought work in local industries.

By Victorian times, Stepney had a reputation as one of the worst slums in London. Successive rectors ministered tirelessly for the poor of the parish. In the second world war, the church miraculously escaped the Blitz that devasted houses all around it, losing only its windows.

Today's St Dunstan's is still a vibrant community of faith. Visitors comment on the remarkable spiritual atmosphere: here burdens are shared and the faithful gather to be nourished and fed in the Eucharist, going out into the community as instruments of God's love.

Our patron saint was probably the most powerful and influential churchman in England before the Norman Conquest.

Born in Baltonsborough, Somerset, in the early tenth century, Dunstan was educated at the nearby Glastonbury Abbey, where he later became Abbot. He was Archbishop of Canterbury in the reign of Edgar the Peaceable. Under Dunstan's patronage, art and learning flourished.

He was a monk, statesman and monastic reformer with a firm belief in the spiritual value of manual labour, which he put into practice himself by working metal.

You can see Dunstan's symbol, a pair of tongs, in one of the modern stone spandrels over the west door of our church. According to legend, the Devil came to tempt Dunstan as he worked at his anvil and the saint tweaked his nose with red-hot pincers.

Courtesy of http://www.stdunstanstepney.org

Latitude: 51.5112944, Longitude: -0.0543611



Christened

Matches 1 to 32 of 32

   Last name, First name(s)    Christened    Person ID 
1 ANSELL, John William  2 Oct 1859Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I2082
2 BUCKNELL, Hannah  8 Nov 1818Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15075
3 BUCKNELL, Jane Ann  24 Aug 1814Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I20581
4 COCHRANE, Elizabeth Eliza  19 Nov 1876Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I593
5 DYKE, Joseph Edward  6 Dec 1830Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I7507
6 ELSON, Ann Elizabeth  24 Aug 1849Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I1032
7 ENEVER, Ann Catharine  24 Feb 1828Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15090
8 ENEVER, Catharine Charlotte  17 Feb 1833Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15092
9 ENEVER, Frederick Henry  21 Mar 1880Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I14801
10 ENEVER, Frederick John  23 May 1824Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15088
11 ENEVER, Harriet  20 Oct 1831Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I23701
12 ENEVER, Robert Francis Freeman  1 Aug 1830Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15091
13 ENEVER, William James  12 Dec 1875Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I14804
14 ENNEVER, John  13 Mar 1774Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I38
15 HARROLD, John  20 Oct 1845Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I3790
16 HARROLD, Maria Jane  16 Oct 1842Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I1041
17 HENEVER, Harriett Louisa  7 Oct 1877Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I14809
18 HODGINS, Bella  10 Dec 1876Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I4701
19 HODGINS, Eliza  29 Aug 1869Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I4699
20 HODGINS, Ellen Matilda  26 Nov 1865Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I4696
21 HODGINS, Henry  20 Sep 1874Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I4700
22 HODGINS, Rosetta  26 Jan 1879Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I319
23 HODGINS, Susan  20 Apr 1873Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I29604
24 HODGINS, William  17 Oct 1866Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I4697
25 HOLMES, Charles Benjamin  8 Jun 1828Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I20991
26 HOLMES, William Matthew  19 Mar 1826Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I20993
27 HUTCHINGS, Alice  27 Oct 1850Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I21857
28 PALMER, Anne Alice  11 Mar 1855Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15098
29 PUGH, George  3 Dec 1820Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I1337
30 PUGH, William Moore  21 Nov 1830Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I3461
31 REED, James George  15 Aug 1827Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I5258
32 SHERROTT, Teresa Ann  8 Jan 1843Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I136

Buried

Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last name, First name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 BUCKNELL, Robert  26 Jun 1842Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I15085
2 PRICE, Sarah  17 Dec 1837Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I20631

Witness

Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last name, First name(s)    Witness    Person ID 
1 HOLMES, Sarah Anne  9 Oct 1854Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I20994
2 HUDSON, Charlotte  27 Jun 1818Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex I30207

Married

Matches 1 to 21 of 21

   Family (spouse)    Married    Family ID 
1 ANSELL / ROBERTS  8 Apr 1861Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F663
2 BENNETT / HOLMES  24 Apr 1852Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F6529
3 BIRCHELL / INCE  1 Sep 1844Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F10328
4 BOYTON / MORTLOCK  2 Jan 1838Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F862
5 BROWN / ENEVER  31 May 1821Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F5076
6 BUCKNELL / GODSELL  1 Jun 1825Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F6789
7 CLAUSON / SPREADBOROUGH  29 Apr 1833Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F1450
8 COOPER / ENNEVER  1 Jul 1793Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F690
9 ENNEVER / JACOBS  26 Sep 1793Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F160
10 ENNEVER / PONDER  4 Aug 1796Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F16
11 EWEN / PORTER  1887Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F5081
12 GREEN / DOWNING  18 Jul 1857Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F847
13 HOLMES / NEVILL  9 Oct 1854Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F6488
14 HUDSON / ENEVER  27 Jun 1818Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F9622
15 READ / SPREADBOROUGH  12 Sep 1825Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F1465
16 RICHARDSON / ENEVER  28 May 1798Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F8052
17 SHERROTT / DYKE  20 Mar 1841Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F219
18 SPREADBOROUGH / BROWN  24 Apr 1825Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F1466
19 TODD / KING  12 May 1889Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F3711
20 WESTWOOD / ENNEVER  29 Jul 1878Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F505
21 WOOD / SMITH  30 Sep 1832Parish Church, St Dunstan, Stepney, Middlesex F5752
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