St Paul, Bow Common, London


In December 2015, the National Churches Trust awarded a £50,000 Repair Grant to St Paul, Bow Common in London

The Grade II* listed church of St Paul's Bow Common was built to the designs of Robert Maguire & Keith Murray in 1958-60. It is the most architecturally important post-war church in the country as it was the first church in the UK to be designed around a central altar. The church has a great lantern roof high above the altar, and an 800 sq. ft. Murano glass mosaic mural designed by Charles Lutyens.

Project: To stabilise inner faces and repair the aluminium coverings of the lantern roof. To repair low level concrete aisle roofs and leaking downpipes, and below ground drainage.

As part of the mission of the church in the parish they serve the whole community regardless of social or other background, faith group membership or none, and in particular have been successful in growing relationships with, and use by, the area's muslim community. In addition to worship they run a youth club and a night shelter, and host a range of other activities including yoga and zumba classes and provide meeting space for local estate groups & addiction groups, a social group for young adults with learning difficulties, a weekly women's lunch club and occasional political meetings. They also host art exhibitions. They are also involved in the St. Paul's Way Partnership, working with the local housing and regeneration agency & others on plans for the regeneration of the area.


  • Works will ensure the building can be reopened for worship following the falling of wood wool slabs from the lantern roof down into the worship space.
  • Essential repairs to a unique church building. We have been able to replace our remarkable ceiling, make the church waterproof and revive tired concrete surfaces.