St. Stephen’s Church, Kolkata is an old Anglican church built in Gothic style and was consecrated in 1846 There are numerous plaques inside the church that commemorate the former parishioners who died at sea. It's foundation was laid on 6th January by the Governor General along with Rev. Thomas, the Archdeacon. Because the port and wharves on the Hooghly were close to this place of worship, numerous seafarers used to come here for prayer and blessing. Besides, this church was frequented by the British residents, Angelo-Indians, employees of companies like Garden and Reach co., and Nagpur Bengal Railway. Being a parish church, it served all kinds of people, including the staff and students from Khiderpore.
Though built in Gothic style, church's inside is different. One unique feature is the presence of a closet on either side in the high altar. In the olden days, the Anglican nuns used to sit through the worship service and later receive the Holy Sacrament through the window in the closet. The tower of the church is designed to look like a ship’s lantern of those days
Originally (since 1848) a chapel, it was in 1870 it became a parish church to receive more people. . For unknown reasons, since1960 this church has lost its popularity and patronage and consequently the number of regular patrons has come down drastically. Now, the building and the structures are in bad shape because of poor maintenance, lack of funds and above all ravages of time and harsh climate.
This historical Church built long before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 during the East India Company rule ought to be preserved for our posterity. This church, a heritage structure and legacy left behind by the British will be lost for ever unless steps are taken on a war-footing. Leaking roof and water seepage problems in the rainy season will further weaken the structure and it portends the collapse of a historical structure along with its embedded history in the near future.