Monday, 14 February 2011

Kilburn Tin Tabernacle

A gig in the Kilburn Tin Tabernacle- yes, really! Part of Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou’s Tin Tabernacle Tour, ending up in our very own tin church on Cambridge Avenue. The naval interior was transformed with bunting and fairy lights and a space heater helped enormously.
You’ve probably walked past it - just off the Kilburn High Road, on the way to Kilburn Park tube station- it’s that grey corrugated metal building on the left. Erected in 1863 as a temporary church while St Augustine’s was being built, it was fitted out for the Sea Cadets in the 1950s. They’ve had to move to temporary quarters as it’s become a bit rickety, but plans are afoot to repair and restore it, and bring it back to life. Ed Fordham and a group of hardy volunteers (it really is pretty cold) are committed to finding funding, but they need all the help they can get. Read more on facebook

If you can, call in any Saturday at the Tin Tabernacle between about 11am and 2pm to have a look around – it really has to be seen to be believed- and meet members of the team.

It would be a great venue for a party or for filming- contact

Back to the gig – Pepe Belmonte and Pete Greenwood got the evening off to a great start and although the mercury was dropping the atmosphere was hotting up by the time Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou picked up their guitars. Even if you don’t have an allotment, the refrain of the Allotment Song “ for me, I can’t wait for the spring...” could be an anthem for this boring winter. Listen on youtube


  1. I love a corrugated iron building !
    ......feast your eyes on the amazing tin tabernacles (and others) on this website:
    (and send them a link to your post Elaine as they are on the look out for pics of tin tabernacles they don't know about.)

  2. Brilliant film Elaine! Your next venture round Queen's Park? Philippa x


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