Peggy was a very longstanding member of St Dunstan’s Church, a keen member of the local Ecumenical Churches Together Group and also a member of Tower Hamlets Deanery Synod. Her late husband Paul Crispin was also Churchwarden at St Dunstan's. A requiem for her is being held on Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm. All Welcome
Save St Dunstan's Name
Can I invite you to e-mail the Local Government Boundary Commission and object to the removal of St Dunstan’s name from the new ward, in similar but not identical terms to my e-mail shown below.
You can read about the proposals here
The address to e-mail is
The postal address is
Review Officer (Tower Hamlets)
76–86 Turnmill Street
London EC1M 5LG
The Closing date is
Monday 7th January 2013
Hopefully we can make a difference.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Tower Hamlets Proposed Ward Name : Stepney East
I write to object to the proposed new name for our ward, Stepney East. The previous name of our ward was St Dunstan and Stepney Green, which it is now proposed be split into two new wards, Stepney East and West.
The removal of St Dunstan from the ward name is highly regrettable given that;
1. Dunstan (909-988 AD) was a real historical figure, Bishop of London (958-960 AD) and holder / owner of the Manor of Stepney.
2. Dunstan personally ordered that the wooden church of All Saints Stepney should be rebuilt in stone. That church was later named after him and is today known as St Dunstan and All Saints Stepney.
3. Dunstan became Archbishop of Canterbury (960 -978 AD) and after his death was canonised, becoming the most popular English Saint until the death of Thomas Becket (1170 AD)
4. The name of St Dunstan’s Church and the association of the name with the local area has existed for more than 1,000 years.
Given this important and significant historical connection I would like to propose the name of new ward should be;
St Dunstan and Stepney East
I would also like to be clear that I’m not claiming any special privilege for the church where I serve as Rector but rather I’m arguing for the retention of St Dunstan’s name on the basis of a substantial, important and ancient link.
The Reverend Trevor F Critchlow
Rector of St Dunstan’s Stepney