Tucked away in Westfield Park, the grounds of this lovely Victorian Church once stretched down to the busy Uxbridge Road, but now it cannot be seen from the main road and visitors sometimes have difficulty in finding the church. They are surprised to discover such an impressive neo Gothic building hidden from view which features Whitefriars stained glass windows by arts & crafts artists Louis Davis and Selwyn Image, a unique carved oak rood chancel screen created by architect Charles Spooner and a magnificent Henry Willis organ. The coming of the railway in the 1830's and the opening of The Royal Commercial Travellers School contributed to the growth of the small farming community that had previously been Hatch End. The site was donated by Mr Thomas Blackwell of the Crosse and Blackwell family and with gifts totalling £7000, the church was completed in 1895. Having previously been a stipendiary curacy under the Vicar of Pinner, Hatch End became a parish in its own right. The West window incorporates a piece of clear ruby glass brought from a shattered window in Ypres Cathedral during World War I by a chorister. The church houses the only memorial to those who fell during World War One from Hatch End with fourteen carved and coloured emblems of the battlefields in the chancel. These are set around the reredos (Spooner 1921) with the names engraved on a plaque and in the Book of Remembrance. A booklet on the full history of the church is available. The quinquennial report has highlighted the need for urgent repairs to the roof and brickwork to protect this historic building and its fine features. Donations most welcome!
The Parish Hall is an integral part of the church and is available for hire at just £30 an hour and includes a fully operational kitchen - great for children's parties, AGM's etc, for full details email;
Please address any pastoral needs to the Vicar, Fr David Green on 020 8428 8701 or email [email protected]