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/ 13 May 2015

New Vicar for St Peter’s Eaton Square

The Revd Ralph Williamson and the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres

The Bishop of London was joined by over 350 guests at St Peter’s Eaton Square in central London, as he led proceedings at the Collation and Induction of the Revd Ralph Williamson as the 12th Vicar of the parish.

Also attending the service was Audrey Lewis, Lord Mayor of Westminster, Phillipa Roe, leader of Westminster Council and over 35 visiting members of the clergy.

Ralph has served as College Chaplain at Christ Church since 1997, and before that was Team Vicar in the Diocese of Hereford, and Curate at St Andrew’s, Southgate, in the Diocese of London. He was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1990.

The Revd Ralph Williamson, new Vicar of St Peter’s Eaton Square, commented:

“I am delighted to have come to St Peter’s, Eaton Square as their twelfth Vicar, and my wife and I are very grateful for the warm welcome we have received. It is an exciting parish in the heart of London with many committed and gifted people, and I look forward to leading and sharing in their worship, their service and their mission.”

St Peter’s has a strong musical tradition that continues today in the work of its professional mixed choir, instrumental ensembles and organists. The church hosts a popular twice-yearly concert series.

St Peter’s is a Grade II listed building in central London and was built in 1824 by the architect, Henry Hakewill. The church was designed in a classical in style, with six distinctive columns and a fine clock tower.

However, in 1987 an anti-Catholic arsonist set fire to the church, believing St Peter’s to be a Roman Catholic chapel. The fire completely destroyed the interior of the church and the roof, with only the surrounding shell of the church remaining.

Today, the church is rather unusual in that it has retained its classical exterior, but with a completely modern interior.

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