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The Victorian zeal for restoration reached its zenith when the great west gallery was taken down, thus opening the Tower Arch to the church, and the organ was re-sited in the North Chancel Aisle. The pillars had the plaster removed; the Reredos, designed by Sir Charles Gilbert Scott (architect of the Albert Memorial) was installed in the Sanctuary. The East and West Windows are fine examples of Victorian Glass-the latter being in memory of the first Mayor, I. Meeson Esq. (1886-1887) of the former County Borough of West Ham.

 
The latter part of the last century also saw much renovation. The church was redecorated twice internally, in 1963 and again in 1977. The wall tablets and the war memorial boards were re-lettered and repainted. The dark painted pews were stripped to their original colour and sealed. The electric lighting circuits were renewed and the electric heating units replaced; additionally three new gas heaters were installed. (Heating the Church has been a great problem for many years - the 1863 Committee considering it could only suggest the purchase of three thermometers!) Double-glazing helped to minimise this problem still further. In 1981 plans were drawn up to replace the organ. The old instrument had become completely worn out and the contract was placed with Harrison & Harrison of Durham. The new organ was dedicated on November 9th 1986 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The new organ was placed further forward in to the North side chancel arcade and actually stands immediately in front of the old organ position.
 
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