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Christ Church is the parish church of Southgate.The present Christ Church was built in 1861-63, on or near the site of an earlier Roman Catholic chapel built in 1615 by Sir John Weld, owner of Arnold's Court (later to become Arno's Grove), which was on the south side of the church. The church has some fine stained glass by Morris & Co. carried out from the early 1860s to 1899 including windows by William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. The Lady Chapel has lancets dating from 1632 below canopies by Philip Webb, who also designed canopies for Rossetti's St James and St Jude. One of William Morris' figures, that of St Matthew, is said to resemble the artist. The small churchyard is reached through an iron gate, and is a triangular site with a holly hedge along the roadside, and a brick wall behind. It was described by Walford in the 1880s as 'well kept, and prettily laid out with firs and evergreens'. There are a number of early headstones among the grass, including that of Rebecca Shrawley (d.1683) with skulls and an hourglass. A war memorial is laid out as a rectangular of grass within a low stone wall with a cross at one end.
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