St Lawrence Little Stanmore Whitchurch, Canons Park

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Everyone is welcome to come and worship in or visit the only Parish Church built in the Continental Baroque style. It is home to THE CHANDOS ANTHEMS and THE HANDEL ORGAN!

The Church of S. Lawrence, Little Stanmore alias Whitchurch was almost entirely rebuilt in 1715 by James Brydges, first Duke of Chandos, following his purchase of the Cannons estate in Little Stanmore. Only the tower of the medieval church remains.
The Duke employed fashionable artists of his day to decorate his great mansion of Cannons, then under construction (since demolished). Those same artists - Antonio Bellucci, Louis Laguerre, Francesco Sleter - created the dramatic interior of the church. Walls and ceiling are covered with paintings of biblical scenes, some brilliantly coloured, others in sepia and grisaille. "Trompe - l'oeil" is used to considerable effect.

The splendid woodwork includes an organ case carved by Grinling Gibbons. The Duke was an early patron of George Frederick Handel

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The Rector - Fr Paul M Reece
Whitchurch Rectory
St Lawrence Close
Middlesex HA8 6RB
07860 690 503 (Rector) or 020 8952 0019 (Parish Office)

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The Eucharist
A simple said Eucharist using modern language
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 35 minutes
The Parish Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments
Evening Prayer
A simple way to end Sunday using the Prayer Book of 1662
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Morning Prayer
Simple Said Office
Every Monday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Evening Prayer
Simple said office
Every Monday at 6:00 PM for 20 minutes


The Eucharist
Simple Said Common Worship Rite 1
Every Tuesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
Simple Said Office
Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at for ½ hour
Morning Prayer
Simple Said Office
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Evening Prayer
Simple Said Office
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM for 20 minutes


Morning Prayer
Simple Said Office
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
The Eucharist
Simple Said Common Worship Rite 1
Every Thursday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship



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Church Open The Church is open for viewing on a Sunday afternoon 14:00 - !7:00 (16:00 Winter)
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Incumbent: The Revd Paul Michael REECE
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6812
Diocesan ID: 2420
Built: 1715
Architect: John James
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of London
Archdeaconry: NORTHOLT (235)
Deanery: HARROW (23504)
Benefice: Lt Stanmore St Lawrence (23/263 J)
Parish Legal Name: Little Stanmore (230496 )
CofE Church Info: (623496 23/496)
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The current editor is: Paul Reece

This page was last updated on Thursday 19th December 2013
St Lawrence Little Stanmore Whitchurch : Whitchurch Lane, Canons Park, Greater London, HA8 7QQ

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