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MURRAY'S ROLE IN BOW COMMON CHURCH

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LETTERS

I am writing to make one small but important correction to the appreciative obituary of my former partner Keith Murray (AJ 10.11.05) - important for the sake of historical accuracy, since the Bow Common church is Grade II*-listed. Fr. Gresham Kirkby did not appoint Keith as architect for St Paul's church.

Keith was a designer, silversmith and sculptor, not an architect; he introduced me to Fr. Kirkby, who appointed me on the strength of a radical church design I had produced four years earlier when a student at the AA School.

The arrangement was that I would design the building and Keith would create some £8,000-worth of glass mosaics (a vast commission in 1956) due to be paid for by the War Damage Commission in lieu of stained glass.

Keith and I worked very closely on the project and by the time it was building and another church commission had arrived (in 1959) decided to start a joint practice. The mosaics were eventually done by Charles Lutyens.

Incidentally, the whole AJ staff at the time knew the progress of all this as a daily running saga, because to keep body and soul together while designing the church, I worked for four years as the AJ's buildings editor.

Robert Maguire, by email

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