St Dunstan, Cranford

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This is a Forward in Faith parish (affiliated to The Society) which has passed a Resolution under the House of Bishops' Declaration and is therefore under the Episcopal Jurisdiction of the Bishop of Fulham within the diocese of London. S. Dunstan's is a medieval church mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the site as a place of worship predates the Norman Conquest. The ring of 6 bells includes the oldest ringing bell in the diocese of London which was cast at Aldgate around 1380. Above the Altar are the remains of wall-painting dating to about 1320 depicting the Assumption or the Coronation of Our Lady. There are magnificent monuments in the sanctuary. The nave fell victim to a fire in 1710 and was rebuilt in red brick by the Berkeley family. J. L. Pearson reordered the church in 1895 and then more major work was carried out in the 1930s under Father Maurice Child by Martin Travers. Amongst the alterations were a new Altar (the reredos of which converts into a Throne of Exposition for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament) and baldacchino in Counter-Reformation baroque style together with a statue of Our Lady which is topped by an incredibly high spire. At the end of a very productive life Travers regarded Cranford as his finest work. In April 2014 a splendid new sacristy and meeting room was completed replacing a life-expired structure dating from the early 1950s. Previous Rectors include Blessed John Hale who was one of the first Tyburn martyrs. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII, and his Feast Day is on May 4th (The English Martyrs).

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Father Michael Gill SSC
The Rectory
34 High Street
Greater London
(020) 8897 8836 (Parish Priest)

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Every Sunday at 11:15 AM
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After the 1000 Mass on Saturday mornings the Church is open to visitors from 1030 until 1630. The same opening hours apply to all Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter Monday. These arrangements finish at the end of the London Open House Weekend in September.
Every Saturday at 10:00 AM



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 15517
Diocesan ID: 1015
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Archdeaconry: MIDDLESEX (233)
Deanery: HOUNSLOW (23304)
Parish Legal Name: Cranford (230233 )
CofE Church Info: (623233 23/233)
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This page was last updated on Friday 14th April 2017
St Dunstan, Cranford, London, TW5 9RZ - Cranford Park; access via the roundabout at junction 3 of the M4 motorway

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