Christ Church, Turnham Green was designed by Scott & Moffat in 1841-3.

An early church, when Scott was still in his business partnership, standing on the eponymous green, pretty as a picture. As many churches of this date, it doesn’t reward much beyond the picturesque. Scott was harder on himself than anyone else less than a wrecking-ball operator:

“the cheap-church rage over-came me, and as I had not then awakened to the viciousness of shams, I was unconscious of the abyss into which I had fallen. These days of abject degradation only lasted for about two years or little more, but alas what a mass of horrors was perpetuated during that short interval!!” 

Christ Church is quite unusual for this date for making an attempt to give itself a more medieval surface texture: disguising any use of stock brick with flint and Bath stone dressings. A good idea, but Scott goes a bit over the top and dresses the entire building in it, including the spire. This makes the steeple look rather awkward, like a nervous young clerk in a pinstripe suit at their first day in the office. 

Except for the stout, unashamedly High Victorian arcades of the new chancel and north transept chapel added by James Brooks in 1887 to replace Scott’s original pokey apse, everything is a little bit insubstantial, but not as paper-thin as typical commissioners’ churches. There are bits of articulation here and there – a hoodmould over the transept windows and standard E.E. arcades – but there is none of the seemingly effortless grandeur Scott would later produce.