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

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Lee Rigby wreath-laying memorial

Wreath laying by Councillors in commemoration of the death of Lee Rigby

A short Service was held at the Church on Wednesday 22nd May to remember Lee Rigby, who was

murdered in Army uniform on the streets of Woolwich, not far from the Church, 11

years ago. The event was attended by soldiers from the units based in Woolwich, one of

whom brought the proceedings to an end with a moving playing of The Last Post.

But the occasions was primarily to allow Councillors of the Royal Borough of Greenwich to pay

their respects; wreaths were laid at the Memorial for Lee Rigby and others, by the Mayor,

(Cllr Mbang) and the Deputy Leader of the Council, (Cllr Lekau). Individual floral tributes

were laid by other Councillors who have supported the Garrison Church over the years,

including Cllrs Hyland, Bird, Gardner, Cousins and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Ranabhat.

The Service commenced with a welcome on behalf of the Trust by Tim Barnes and was

conducted by the Dr Revd Adam Scott with some touching recollections of Lee Rigby by

members of his family and a reading of the Collect for the Royal Fusiliers.

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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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