This week All Saints Church on Ealing Common is marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated.
Spencer Perceval, was born on 1st November, All Saints' Day 1762. He was Prime Minister from 1809 to 1812 and was murdered by an assassin's bullet in the lobby of the House of Commons on May 11, 1812.
All Saints Church was built in 1905 with funds left by his youngest daughter Miss Frederica Elizabeth Perceval in her will for a 'Church and Tower' to be erected in her father's memory on the site of his old home, and for the Church to be known as 'The Spencer Perceval Memorial Church'. The Church took exactly two years to build and cost £15,000!
From 2pm to 5pm until Friday 11th May there will be a display of Spencer Perceval memorabilia including the famous death mask.
The commemoration of the life and assassination of Spencer Perceval will culminate on Saturday 12th May with a violin and organ recital at All Saints Church at 5.30pm featuring music of the 18th and 19th centuries by Bach, Handel, Boyce and Stanley.
The concert will be followed at 6pm by a civic service of commemoration in the form of evensong with Georgian and Victorian sacred music. The preacher will be Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to Parliament.
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