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Labour of love

Interior designer Peggy Prendeville has transformed this Edwardian ecclesiastical building into a stylish modern home that oozes wow factor

The conversion of Peggy Prendeville’s stunning Edwardian chapel was completed in 2018. But her journey began back in 1999 when she realised she’d need to relocate to a larger home that could better accommodate her young family. “We’d converted an apartment in a former dog biscuit factory and I loved the place,” says Peggy. “I thought we’d be there forever –however, with two young children, I realised it wasn’t practical.”

Out of the ordinary

Peggy knew that she didn’t want her next property to be totally conventional. “A neighbour introduced me to an agent who sold unique houses,” she says. “He asked me what I was looking for and I suggested a former factory, church or school that I could convert. It had to have high ceilings – the warehouse off ered a lofty 6m – so I wanted to match that.” One of the buildings on the agent’s books was a former teacher training college chapel in Southeast London. “I walked in on the first viewing and my initial impression was of how huge it was,” says Peggy. “It was massive and had stained glass windows, plus the main ceiling was 10m high.”

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