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Church of the Resurrection, Dresden

Red Bank
Heritage No.
Date Listed
19 April 1972
Building: Church of the Resurrection

Church of the Resurrection
Church of the Resurrection

photo: Steve Birks - June 2001

Church. 1853-1863. By George Gilbert Scott.

Red brick with blue brick diaper work, plain tiled roof with scalloped bands. Nave with two aisles, chancel a continuation of nave. Decorated style. West window of 4-lights with cusped circles over above gabled porch and lean-to walk-way to projecting polygonal western vestry with conical roof, added in 1921 as a war memorial.

Roof oversails gables to nave and south aisle, with timber bracing, cambered trusses carried on corbels. Lean-to roof to north aisle. Both aisles have 5 single-foiled lancets with red and blue brick heads, and to the north there is a projecting brick panel with round double-chamfered arched doorways.

Small quatrefoil windows in clerestory to north. Marking western end of chancel, a slender tiled fleche carried on moulded timbers serves as a bell cote. Polygonal apse to chancel, with gables with overhanging eaves to each of the 3 sides, and Decorated windows with stone dressings.

The Duke of Sutherland provided land for a church and graveyard bordering on the edge of the Dresden estate at the bottom of Red Bank. The report of the opening of the new church in 1853 is given on the next page. The first church designed by George Gilbert Scott soon proved inadequate for the increasing population and was extended in 1863 and again in 1873. 

The monuments in the graveyard reflect the class divisions on the estate. As one might expect all the larger and more imposing tombstones were erected over vaults purchased by the residents of the detached and semi-detached villas. Initially, the incumbent was also heavily dependent on the rents which they paid for the pews which brought in 68 a year to add to his annual stipend of 48. By the late 1880s the Ecclesiastical Commissioners had raised this to 230 a year, subject to the abolition of the pew rents. 

In 1870 schools were constructed next to the church at a cost of 700 to accommodate 450 children. Again these too proved to be incapable of accommodating local children and were extended in the 1880s to take 600 pupils. 

The church and school are shown on the extract from the 1878 Ordnance Survey map. Middle class residents sent their children elsewhere. Within a short period of time several private schools were opened on the estate.

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