Caroline Gardens Chapel
Caroline Gardens, Asylum Rd, London SE15 2SQ

Restoration of the William G Drew stained glass window

Restoration of the William G Drew stained glass window

The Chapel of the Licensed Victuallers' Asylum, now known as Caroline Gardens Chapel, was built in 1850 as the centrepiece of a grand row of alms-houses. The chapel had a direct hit from a bomb during WWII, which destroyed its roof and damaged the interior. This remains today an evocative space, still blackened with soot from the fire. The chapel featured a stained glass memorial which has now been removed and placed into storage. The memorial window depicts Jesus giving bread to a beggar and was created to commemorate philanthropist William George Drew. Beneath the window, a tablet reads: ‘this memorial window was raised by a few of many surviving friends, who can appreciate true worth and genuine philanthropy of WILLIAM GEORGE DREW Esq, late of Pimm’s Park, Edmonton, who died suddenly, 27th April 1867, in the 54th year of his age’. Drew was a biscuit maker who founded Drew & Sons in 1852. His obituary noted his enterprise as well as his charitable interests.

HOLT is providing a grant to repair and restore the stained glass back into Caroline Gardens Chapel.