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St Matthias Old Church, London

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#239 of 266 in Historic Sites in London
St Matthias Old Church is the modern name given to the Poplar Chapel built by the East India Company in 1654, in Poplar in the East End of London. The church is designated a Grade II* listed building.
St Matthias Old Church is one of the very few extant churches built under the Commonwealth (others include those at Berwick-on-Tweed, Staunton Harold, Ninekirks and Brougham.)
In 1627 the East India Company purchased a house in Poplar High Street to be used as a hospital for disabled seamen. In 1618 a corrupt jeweller, Hugh Greete, had been sent back from India for stealing stones. He died in prison in 1619, and directed that a school or hospital be founded from his estate. The Company had set up a shipyard in Blackwall in 1614, so neighbouring Poplar was the obvious choice for location. In 1633 the inhabitants of Poplar and Blackwall - largely employees of the EIC - requested that a chapel be built there as St Dunstan's, Stepney was too far away for them. When Gilbert Dethick, the Lord of the Manor of Poplar, died in 1639 he left a further £100 towards the building of the chapel, on the condition that work started within three years of his death.
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  • A beautiful 350 year old church serving the local community as a focal point for youth groups, play school and local charity work.  more »
  • Perfect place to have a wedding ot mehndii party Holds 180 people and has a bar area and a kitchen. Close to Poplar DLR and All Saints DLR too.  more »
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  • I loved the Vivaldi concert (all seasons )
  • I've been attending this church for years. Both my children have been baptised here. The congregation are so welcoming and friendly towards new comers. Each Sunday I feel as if I have left with such a blessing - it's a great start to my busy week.
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