Christ Church was the birthplace of both the Bible Society and the Shaftesbury Society. It also played a key role in the abolition of slavery both in Britain and the United States, and has close American ties; the spire is in-laid with stars and stripes in honour of President Lincoln.
Only the tower and spire of the fine Victorian church, designed by Paul & Bickerdike, survive. A new church was built on an adjoining site in 1958-60.
The church cost £60,000 to build and was funded mainly by donations from the United States.
Christ Church was officially opened on July 4th 1876 to commemorate the centenary of the American declaration of independence.
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