*** DEBUG END ***

St Mark’s has been signed over to developer

19 August 2009


From the Archdeacon of Charing Cross

Sir, — Had your piece, “St Mark’s campaigners receive boost” (News, 14 August) been informed by those responsible for the church in question, a significantly more accurate piece would have ensued.

As the article fails to note, the Church Commissioners last month gave the go-ahead for St Mark’s, North Audley Street, to be leased to George Hammer, honouring a decision the Commissioners first made in 2006. While it is true that Holy Trinity, Brompton, made a subsequent bid, this came too late in the process, after a contract with Mr Hammer had already been signed.

The diocesan authorities carefully considered the situation earlier this year, and concluded that the diocese had no option but to fulfil the existing legal contract with Mr Hammer. The diocese is therefore currently working with HTB on other opportunities for church plants in London.

We fully recognise the importance of St Mark’s as a Grade I listed building, and have been working for many years to try to secure its future, at considerable cost. But the fact is, that the diocese has had no use for St Mark’s for the past 35 years, since it was last an active par­ish church. Mr Hammer’s proposals, on the other hand, would result in millions of pounds being spent on restoring the building, as well as generating vital funds for parishes in deprived areas of London.

15a Gower Street
London WC1E 6HW

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear alongside your letter.

Forthcoming Events

6-7 September 2022
Preaching as Pilgrimage conference
From the College of Preachers.

27-28 September 2022
humbler church Bigger God conference
The HeartEdge Conference in Manchester includes the Theology Slam Live Final.

More events

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.