Please note that this website is currently under construction and that all enquiries about St Paul’s should be directed to the Rector, Fr Paul Butler, via the Church’s website, www.achurchnearyou.com/deptford-st-paul/. Fr Paul’s email is email@example.com.
St Paul’s Deptford is one of London’s finest Baroque parish churches. It was designed by Thomas Archer and built between 1712 and 1730. It is one of the 50 churches built by the New Church Commissioners, although only 12 were ultimately constructed. It and St. John’s, Smith Square, which was extensively damaged during the War, were the only churches designed by Archer to be built under the Act.
St Paul’s continues today to minister to the parish of Deptford but in receipt of no financial backing from the Government or the Diocese, its parishioners struggle to maintain this magnificent building. As with any building of this age, ongoing maintenance is needed to preserve its structural and aesthetic integrity. Deptford is a poor parish and the congregation currently meets the burden of cost for preserving St Paul’s. With the demise of alternative income streams in recent years, those that love Deptford and St Paul’s hope that through the Friends of St Paul’s, the building may be kept alive and well for generations to come.