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National Scotch Church, Regent Square, St Pancras


Notes: The National Scotch Church, Regent Square, was consecrated as a Church of Scotland place of worship in 1827. It was specially built for Edward Irving, the popular minister of the Caledonian chapel in Cross St, Hatton Garden, which became too small when Irving increased the small congregation to about 2000 after arriving in London to take up his ministry in Dec 1821. It was the first commission for architect Sir William Tite; its Decorated Gothic style was partly modelled on York Minster At its opening on 11 May 1827, with seating for 1700, it was filled to overflowing. Irving’s preaching was controversial, being millenarian and charismatic. From 1830 to 1832 members of the congregation began to ‘speak in tongues’, with Irving’s uneasy permission. The Times warned “sensible people who frequent the Caledonian Chapel – lately converted into a miracle shop – that these follies are contagious”. In May 1832 Irving was expelled by his superiors for preaching the sinfulness of Christ. He left the church, taking a large proportion of his congregation with him. At first he took rooms in the Royal London Bazaar off nearby Gray’s Inn Rd, then at the end of 1832 settled in a hall in Newman St. This later became the Catholic Apostolic Church, where Frederick Tatham was a minister.
The church in Regent Square continued as a Scottish Presbyterian church until 1843, when it became English Presbyterian after some of its congregation left to form the Free Church of Scotland with Thomas Chalmers. The building was bombed in 1945 and became unsafe. Finally, in 1960, it was demolished and replaced by a modern building, later renamed Lumen Church, which continues to house the URC congregation. [Bloomsbury Project website, accessed 11 Jun 2014]

Latitude: 51.5270, Longitude: -0.1210


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   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Baptism    Person ID 
1 Murray, Alfred Everitt  03 Jun 1832National Scotch Church, Regent Square, St Pancras I5575