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St Barnabas Pimlico: Ritual and riotsby Malcolm Johnson and Alan Taylor

20 November 2020

John Salmon

Christus Rex on G. F. Bodley’s rood screen in St Barnabas’s, Pimlico, flanked by archangels,which forms the entrance to a chancel “staggering in its richness and in the variety of its fittings”. This detail is from one of the many fine photos by John Salmon in St Barnabas Pimlico: Ritual and riots by Malcolm Johnson and Alan Taylor (Spire Books, £29.95 (£26.95); 978-1-904965-57-2), who give a thorough account of the church and its history up to recent years. The screen includes gates that in 1850 kept Protestant rioters out of the chancel and sanctuary: the church served the slum part of the parish of St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. Anti-Catholic feeling, then at a peak, was turned on its Vicar, W. J. E. Bennett, after Lord John Russell, the Prime Minister and a parishioner, accused Tractarian clergy of “leading their flocks to the edge of the precipice”

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