Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, now available for all to enjoy.

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Heritage of London Trust Operations

The freehold of St George's is owned by London Historic Buildings Trust Limited (#02774232) formerly Heritage of London Trust Operations Limited (HOLTOP), a building preservation company and registered charity which exists to find viable uses for London heritage sites at risk. HOLTOP became involved with St George's in 2008. In 2011 ownership was transferred to HOLTOP from Defence Estates. Funds were raised from charitable bodies to cover the cost of securing the site and developing it for access and use by the public. The project attracted a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, as well as matched funding from a variety of sources. In Summer 2018 HOLTOP granted a long lease of the site to the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust (a registered charity) which now runs St George's.

HOLTOP: an active building preservation trust

HOLTOP was incorporated in 1992 with the active encouragement of the London Division of English Heritage, now Historic England. It is a registered charity (#1017579) and an active Building Preservation Trust. It works with Historic England and local authorities across Greater London to find sustainable and meaningful new uses for London Heritage sites at Risk. It is delighted to be working with the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust. 

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, is both an evocative ruin and a contemporary space. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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