Laying The Foundation Stone, Thursday 8th November 1849
Divine Service at St John the Evangelist
Prior to the laying of the foundation stone, there was Divine Service at St John the Evangelist. Before St Matthew’s was built, this was the parish church for the area covered by St Matthew’s parish.
The sermon was preached by the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd C J Blomfield. The Daily News reported that it was a ‘most eloquent sermon and that the Bishop used the text of St Luke, 9:18 .
The procession to St Matthew’s
Following the service, the clergy, churchwardens and officers then walked in procession to Great Peter Street. The procession was headed by the High Constable of Westminster and followed by:
The parochial beadles The Church Building Committee The architect, Clerk of the Works and builder, who carried the plans, mallet, levels, coins and silver trowel; The Bishop of London with the Rt Lord Robert Grosvenor, MP The Very Revd Dean of St Paul’s, (the Revd Canon Bentinck) And The Revs J Jennings, (Rector of St John’s), Repton, Frere, Wordsworth, Borradoile, Tennant. Williams, Belcher, Jephson, E.Davies, Gilby, North, Hooper, Kingsmill, Wilson, Belcher, Haden Allen, (Master of Dulwich College) etc.