This is from a book found in the church and now deposited at Southwark Local Studies library. From the book, it seems that in the early part of the 19th Century the churchwardens levied a Church Rate on the Parish. - Originally, this was a penny in the pound, but rose to 5½d in the pound just after the new Church was built in 1844. The rate was collected by four rate collectors each working in one of the four districts of the parish - Camberwell, Peckham, Dulwich and St George's. They worked on a percentage commission basis! . A proportion of the rates, however, was paid over to the "new church" (St George's). The money was spent on repairs to the church and churchyard, sacramental bread and wine, maintenance of the parish fire engines and church servants.

In 1832 the list of "Parish Servants" and their salaries was:

Mr. Wesley Organist £15.15.0 per quarter (Yes, the SS Wesley who wrote a lot of Church music)
Miss Curtis annuity (Who was she?) £20.0.0 per half year
Four Pew Openers each £ 2.2.0 per quarter
Robing Room Keeper £1.5.0 per quarter
Two Vergers each £3.3.0 per quarter
Mr Spooner, Clerk £2.12.6 per quarter
Organ Blower £1.15.6 per quarter
Two Beadles each £0.10.6 per quarter

Interesting items of expenditure ( in pounds, shillings and pence ) are:

1 October 1828

Mr Wheels - coach to Kingston


Churchwarden' annual trip to see Archdeacon

7 October 1828

Mr Adams - Beadles Coats 

£27. 7.0 

The coats were their pride and glory.

26 January 1830

Subscription to S.P.C.K

£ 6.18.6 

Overseas Missions

31 March 1830

Phoenix Gas Company (half year)


This was very early for Gas Lighting

18 May 1830

Mr Filley - Repairing Engines

£ 7.14.0 

The church was responsible for providing these. 'Engine' means fire hand pump

17 January 1832

Protector Fire Office (Insurance)

£ 8. 1.6

At the fire in 1842 the insurance paid £5000 but the new church cost about £20000

3 July 1833

Mrs Clayton - For washing Supplies

£ 3.6.6


23 July 1833

Expenses of Prosecuting Clayton for embezzlement

£ 9.3.1

Legal expenses have always been high!

19 June 1837

Mr Edgington - Union Jack Flag

£ 2.10.0 

The Coronation ? Famous local firm now gone from Old Kent Road

16 Feb. 1842

Messrs Garland & Co - Clearing away after fire and preparing chancel for service


The old church burnt down

11 July 1843

Expenses of taking down old Church


The stone was sold to the Parish Surveyor of Highways.

18 April 1845

To Police Force - attendance at Church on its Consecration

£ 2.10.0 

It was Crowded

25 December 1845

Messrs Savory & Co, for cleaning and gilding Church plate

£ 9. 6.0


8 October 1855

Bell ringing on the Fall of Sebastapol

£ 3. 0.0


Crimean War