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St. Stephen's [Episcopal] Church
Beverly, Burlington County

Organized in 1837, this is the second church built by the congregation. It was started in 1852, when Bishop Doane was reigning not far away, so one would expect it to conform in all respects to the principles of Ecclesiology (east-oriented altar, fully-articulated chancel, south entry, and of course modeled after a medieval English parish church. Most of those elements are now missing, althogh it is clearly a Gothic building. In the interior, the chancel is certainly distinct from the nave. That may have been a product of theaddition in 1870, which amount to 27 feet. In 1877, according to Woodward, the "whole edifice was renovated, improved, and beautified."
     The congregation was recently the beneficiary of a Historic Trust grant, which enabled them to do some preservation and restoration work on the spire.
     The architect is unknown to me--nothing appears in the printed record that I have been able to find, but certainly an accomplished professional.





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