Pepper Canister Church TradFest 2019

Pepper Canister Church

Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2

St. Stephen’s Church, fondly referred to by Dubliners as the Pepper Canister, was the last of a series of Georgian churches built by the Church of Ireland in the early 1800’s. The church is situated on Mount Street Upper. It was begun in 1821 by John Bowden and completed by Joseph Welland after the former’s death. The nickname derives from the shape of the spire, resembling a pepper canister. It was originally conceived as a chapel-of-ease for the parish of St Peter’s, Aungier Street, which was the largest Church of Ireland parish in Dublin.

Of particular note is the organ casing (facing westwards on the north aisle). It was built in 1754 by John Snetzler, born in Passau c.1710. It is said that Handel was included in his circle of friends. The magnificient pulpit with canopy is made of Italian rosewood. Its panels bear the symbols of the four evangelists. The Altar Frontals are reckoned to be among the most beautiful in the Church of Ireland though it’s not known who made them, or even who donated them.

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