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A Parish in Perspective: A History of the Church and Parish of St John of Jerusalem, South Hackney Paperback – 1 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Rector and Churchwardens of St John of Jerusalem with Christ Church South Hackney (1 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954401905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954401900
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,120,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book by local councillor and active member of the Church of St John of Jerusalem, Geoff Taylor, is very well written and very interesting. Taylor covers the early days of the church and its foundation by the campaigning rector H. H. Norris in an engaging and pleasant style that makes for easy reading. The author's description of the development of South Hackney is informative and allows the reader to easily picture the changing district as new buildings occupy market gardens and private estates are sold off as the population rapidly increases with the growth of London and public transport. Some later chapters lack the Victorian dynamism of the early years, as might be expected, but the narrative remains clear and captures well the disastrous effects upon local buildings and morale of the two World Wars. The book contains a number of good illustrations and a particularly good colour plate of one of the superb post war windows by Arthur Erridge, surely one of the best stained glass artists the country has seen since the Pre-Raphaelites. The author has also used the device of inserting into the narrative separate `boxed' sections related to the life of people or topics associated with the church and borough; these work very well. South Hackney is very lucky to have a local historian and writer of such talent and the book is recommended to all with an interest in the history of the church and related parish.
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