The illustration above, from "The Building News" of 6 October 1876, shows the original plan of John Dando Sedding. The main church, apart from the tower, was built to his design between 1871 and 1873.

However, after Sedding’s death, a different tower (see below) was built to a different design by Henry Wilson (1864-1934) between 1890 and 1893.

Sedding’s decorative treatment included encaustic floor tiles showing an anchor motif within a large square pavement of patterned tiles; elaborate encaustic tiling runs throughout the nave, chancel and lady chapel.

J. D. Sedding married the sister of the first vicar of St Clement’s, and designed three gravestones for the churchyard.

Key Facts



15 April 1873


Mr Edmund Christy (-1902)


Mr John Dando Sedding (1838-1891)


Mr John Toogood


Built entirely of stone from Combe Down near Bath


Grade I Listed Building

Edmund Christy provided some £30,000 for the land, the design, construction and completion of St. Clement’s Church in addition to building simultaneously his own house at The Knole. He even paid for the Vicar for whom he provided an income of £283 per annum. The project also included a Vicarage, St. Clement’s School with a schoolhouse for the Master and a pair of cottages for the Curates although the source of the funding of these items is uncertain.
The original vicarage
at 73 Hamilton Road

Our church hall was once the chapel attached to the House of Bethany.

Images on this page are courtesy of Alwyn Ladell - for more images visit Alwyn’s St. Clement’s Church, Boscombe flickr photostream

FIRST VICAR, 1871-1879