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New Jerusalem Church


It opened in 1844 as a Swedenborgian church in Argyle Square, on the south side, on a large plot just above Riley Street

The engineer (and benefactor of Owens College Manchester) Sir William Mather, educated by a Swedenborgian in Accrington, married Emma Jane Watson there in 1863 (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

The Minister of the Church, Jonathan Bailey, was also from Accrington (Reports of the Swedenborg Society)

When the Square was bombed during the Second World War, the Church was damaged; it was later demolished

What was reforming about it?

Where in Bloomsbury

It was in Argyle Square

Website of current institution

It no longer exists

Books about it




This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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