Spire & gargoyles


Welcome to the tallest spire in South London

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An eroded gargoyle in 1993
The tower of St John the Divine Kennington is 212 ft (64.6 m) high. It was completed in 1888 to designs by George Edmund Street in the style of the great Medieval Gothic churches, decorated with carved stone ornaments and gargoyles.

*Click/tap on the different parts of the tower to get a closer look at the carvings.

gargoyleOver the years weather and pollution eroded the stonework and it was decided to carry out a major restoration. After years of fundraising the project began in 1993. To raise money, members of the congregation were given the opportunity to sponsor a gargoyle portrait of themselves. Ratee & Kett stonemasons replaced decayed stones and carved new and exciting gargoyles of public figures and local people.