The original Christ Church, in the same location as the present Christ Church Centre, was consecrated on the 9th May 1841, the first stone was laid on 9th September 1835. The property was purchased by the Rev. Thomas Ward Franklyn, for a sum exceeding £8,500. In 1856 he generously then gave it to the district. It was demolished to make room for the building mentioned above.
This image is from a paper weight I noticed for sale on eBay!
Here is an etching, which depicts the building in a very similar vein, dated 1850.
In the summer of 1862 galleries were built, and subsequently a chancel and vestry were added. There is a distant view of the tower in this view of the Central Station.
Here is a view of the building frontage and tower from the High Street. It is interesting to note that the tower pinnacles seem to have been removed.
There is a page for The Christ Church Centre in my Church Album.
Scanned antique postcard
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