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Church of Tesco

28 January, 2011

Out in the far reaches of London, teetering on the edge of Zone 4, lies a most peculiar Tesco: the St Matthew Church of Bethnal Green* Tesco.

The Author has encountered Churches renovated into houses and accountancy firms*, but a Tesco Church is something new.  This Tesco occupies a small 19th century church and a gigantic new addition.  Tesco had the good taste to keep booze well away from Holy Ground, but undergarments are placed provocatively close (the Haarlem Mennonites would be horrified.) 

Once containing a pulpit, pews and piety, the Church is now found to supply Health and Beauty products, a Pharmacy and Baby Clothes.  Worshipers are replaced by Shoppers of dandruff curing shampoo, sanitary items and various medications.

Let Us take  a moment to lay aside our indignation at this Sacrilege and appreciate the Church’s handsome brickwork and wooden ceiling and beams.

The Author consulted a specialist (Her Favorite Architect) on this, as her technical vocabulary is severely lacking.  The ‘Roofing Truss’ (new word!) seems to be a combination of different styles with a possible later improvement of the connecting Rod. It is similar to a ‘Rib and Collar Truss’*, but the steel rod tie beams, which connect the two side segments of the bottom chord of the truss, is not typical of this style.  Perhaps, suggests this Specialist, One could call it a ‘Monumental Segmented Rib and Collar Truss with Rod Connection at Bottom Chord’.  Catchy title.  Beautiful building. 

*Don’t be fooled–the plaque may say Bethnal Green, but the Author promises that this is the in in the dull, yet slightly dangerous, suburb of Leytonstone.

* The latter in Aberdeen.

*Handy dandy resource for ceiling knowledge, as suggested by the Specialist: Carpentry for Boys .

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dadork permalink
    29 January, 2011 9:40 pm

    What ever took the D.O. all the way out to the dull, yet slightly dangerous, suburb of Leytonstone?

  2. 31 January, 2011 10:59 am

    I had the dubious fortune of having a friend who lived out yonder (a full 105 minutes away from my own abode). Despite it’s general dreariness, Lytonestone is home to two fantastic surprises: the first being the Church of Tesco, and the second is yet to be revealed. I’ll give you a hint–Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone.

    This friend now lives in the much more pleasant pastures of Rural Scotland (Borders region), so I’ll never have to visit said suburb again.

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