Although Sir John Betjeman described it as "stately", and Martin Travers in his drawing makes it look like a medieval gem, St Mary's is, in reality, typical of hundreds of low-price red-brick gothic churches that were put up in the 1870s and '80s in London and all over the country.
The church was designed by RJ Withers, a little known architect practising predominantly in the West Country. Withers had previously undertaken alterations to churches in London, and was working at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, when the decision to build St Mary's was taken.
Our regular income is obviously taking something of a hit at this time, with the loss of Sunday collections, so if you are someone who usually gives via the collection plate, and are not in financially difficult circumstances at present, we wonder if you might consider making a one-off or regular donation? Click the button to donate with a credit or debit card via Give A Little.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are ensuring that we adhere to Governnment guidelines concerning social distancing.
St Mary's is currently open for private prayer on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm, and for public worship at Sunday High Mass, for which a ticket is required - more details about this are available here.