St Swithun’s Road

St Swithun's Road street sign

Built in 1955, it is of course named after Swithun the Saxon Bishop of Winchester as from Norman times there has been mention of a chapel in Kennington dedicated to St Swithun. The Old Church was built in 1828 on the same foundations by the Rev. Henry Bowyer the Rector of Sunningwell.
In 1829 and 1830 an occasional member of the evening congregation was William Ewart Gladstone, later to be PM, who at the time was an undergraduate at Christ Church. He wrote: ‘I used frequently in summer to walk from Oxford to a small chapel under Bagley Wood … called Kennington Church’. The building is now used for parochial purposes since the construction of the new Church of St Swithun in 1956.

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