The first service was held here on 6th December 1863.
What else happened in 1863?
Jan 1st - Emancipation Proclamation (ending slavery) issued by Lincoln
Jan 10th- 1st underground railway opens in London
It was the middle of the American Civil War
The Football Association met for the first time in London. Protracted arguments over codifying the new game led to some schools and clubs breaking away in December to follow the Rugby rules.
In addition to the flushing toilet and four-wheel roller skate (courtesy of American inventor James Plimpton), other new-fangled creations were the fire extinguisher, the process for making colour photos, and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. West Virginia was also created, becoming the 35th state of the USA..
Victoria had been Queen for 27 years and France was still a monarchy (again). Italy was well on its way to becoming one state but Germany still was fragmented.