“All Saints is architecturally England’s most celebrated Victorian church…a church basted on the Anglo-Catholic maxims of the Tractarian Oxford Movement. The chosen architecture was 13th-century Goth, a distinct but visible chancel, an upward progression to the altar, profuse decoration and structural colour. A church, said Beresford-Hope, should have room for processions, candles, chanting and the veneration of saints: a means ‘whereby many arts were made subservient to one great end, and the greatness of the ned demanded the employment of the highest art.’”
When I was there, the pews in the north isle were filled with homeless sleepers, the first I’d seen in an English church, and particularly remarkable here, in such a rich and beautiful space. That was the original Christian promise, to set the poor on thrones in heaven and send away the rich empty handed.