St George, Letchworth Garden City

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THE PARISH OF NORTON is on the north side of Letchworth Garden City and serves some 12,000 residents. We are an Anglican (Church of England) church in the Diocese of St. Albans here in North Hertfordshire with worship that is eucharistically centred. We hope that you will find our site useful in describing all our activities here in Norton Parish.

St. George's is the Parish Church. It was built in 1964.

 

The 120ft concrete spire of St. George's Church, placed centrally in the logo of the Garden City Heritage Foundation is the landmark of a church which arose out of the community it serves, a community which bought its own building through faithful stewardship in the 1960's.

Background

For hundreds of years the parish of Norton was centred on the village, to the east, with the church of St Nicholas at its heart. In 1903 the first Garden City was founded, built on the farmland of the constituent villages of Norton, Willian and Letchworth. This preserved the nuclei of the villages but moved the centres of population away from them and their places of worship. 

As houses appeared in the roads surrounding the present site of St George's Church it was realised that a more central place of worship was needed. Plans were drawn up for an enormous Gothic style church and connected hall. The hall was opened in 1915 but no church appeared. The hall was used for worship for many years. After the Second World War the Grange estate was developed and the need for a new church became more urgent. From 1955 and during the 1960's funds were raised from local inhabitants who contributed on a weekly basis to build a church of their own. 

Building the Church

The Architect was Peter Bosanquet. Building began in August 1962 with J T Openshaw Ltd of Letchworth as main contractors. The eventual cost was £46,000. The foundation stone was laid by the Bishop of Bedford, on 27th April 1963. The church was consecrated on 27th July 1964 by the Bishop of St Albans.

The building was designed for a church in which Parish Communion was central to worship. The pews all have a clear view of the sanctuary where the altar is set away from the wall to enable the priest to face the congregation if so wished. The stark use of bare concrete and natural wood speak of the simplicity and poverty of the Incarnation.

A walk around the church 

As one enters the church it is through a door at the junction of two roads. St George's is built on a crucial site where the main Norton Way North and Common View meet. Passing through the porch one enters the Narthex, originally housing a library but now a pleasant, comfortable meeting space. The library area was originally dedicated to the memory of Ethel and Tom Sparrow, parishioners. From there, two flights of steps ascend to the church.

On entering the main body of the church the eye is immediately drawn to the dominant figure of the ascending Christ which hangs over the sanctuary, flooded with light from the window above. It was designed by Harry Phillips of Leeds and is made of fibreglass. It is intended to express the release of the Resurrection and the Ascension. 

 

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Father Darren Collins
The Parish Office
Common View
Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
SG6 1DA
(01462) 678133

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Sunday

Parish Communion
This is our regular Sunday service to which you will be warmly welcomed. As we have a church primary school we have a great mix of ages, a thriving Sunday school and creche.
First Sunday of the month is aimed slightly more towards families and our music group provide the music (no organ)
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee
Sunday School Youth Group Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Supports Fairtrade goods Floodlighting Guidebooks / notes Cafe / restaurant Organ Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available
Bookings

Norton Parish Centre may be hired for groups, activities, childrens parties etc.

Visit our Church

Church watch operates. A team of greeters to welcome and show you round.

Nurture Courses

Ad-hoc courses

 
Other information
Clergy: The Revd Darren Victor COLLINS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 7574
Built: 1964
Architect: Bosanquet
Style of worship: Eucharistically centred
Archdeaconry: ST ALBANS (321)
Deanery: HITCHIN (32109)
Benefice: Norton (32/192 T)
Parish Legal Name: Norton (320176 32/176)
CofE Church Info: (632176 32/176)
Short URL: acny.uk/7574/
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The current editor is: Mark Reynolds

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St George : Common View, Corner of Norton Way North and Common View, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1DA

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