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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF SAINT BONIFACE, BISHOP AND MARTYR

The Anglican Church of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr, was located in Victoria Road, Saint Budeaux.  It has now been demolished and replaced by a modern and smaller building in Percy Street.

The Church of St Boniface at St Budeaux

The Church of Saint Boniface at Saint Budeaux, Plymouth.

A Mission was started in lower Saint Budeaux towards the end of the 19th century after part of the Parish of Saint Budeaux had been absorbed into the Borough of Devonport.  Services were held in a room on the first floor of a building at the rear of Yeoman's Terrace, over the stables and bakehouse belonging to a baker by the name of Henwood.

The Mission was gifted some land by the Reverend Doctor Trelawny Ross, Miss Hare and Miss Collins, of Ham House and the foundation stone of a mission hall was laid on the afternoon of Monday December 17th 1900 by Lady Jackson, wife of Sir John Jackson, the contractor for the North Yard Extension.

Mr E Sedding was the architect of the building and the contract for the construction went to Messrs Allan and Tozer.  On Saint Boniface Day, June 5th 1901, the Bishop of Exeter dedicated the Hall, which had cost around £700 to build.

In time it was decided that a proper church was required and Mr W D Caröe was asked to design a building capable of taking 630 worshippers.

On another site given by the Reverend Doctor Trelawny Ross, the Bishop of Exeter laid a foundation stone on the evening of Wednesday October 4th 1911.  The curate-in-charge was the Reverend H H Ensor.  During his address, the Bishop remarked that although the district was well served by both railway and tramcar, 'the flow of population ... had not been quite as rapid as was contemplated when the church and hall were planned'.

A few years later the church was consecrated by the Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Archibald Robertson, on May 14th 1913 as a chapel of ease to Saint Budeaux Church.   The Church was in the Perpendicular style and consisted of a chancel, lady chapel, three bays of a nave, and a vestry.

The ecclesiastical parish of Saint Boniface was formed in 1916 from Saint Budeaux.

A new Church has been erected recently in Percy Street.  At its entrance is a large cross made of ships timber that had been presented to the original Church by the Royal navy in 1965.  A large stained glass window made by Father Norris, of Buckfast Abbey, in the 1960s, was salvaged from the old building and now adorns the interior of the new one.