Church of England Diocese of Southwark Benhilton

About Us

THE NAME 'BENHILTON' is derived from 'Benehyll', which first appears in 15th century sources. The parish of Benhilton came into being by 'an Order of Council' on 15th September, 1863 which sub-divided the parish of Saint Nicholas, Sutton. Portions of the new parish were later ceded to the new 'districts' of Saint Barnabas (1881) and Saint Helier (1931).

OUR CHURCH BUILDING: The foundation stone of the church was laid in November 1863. Dominating the northern approach to Sutton High Street, it was opened under licence from the Bishop on 1st January, 1865, but it was not until the 3rd March, 1866 that it was consecrated by Bishop Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester. (The parish was then in Winchester Diocese.)

A FRIENDLY COMMUNITY OF FAITH: Today, Benhilton is a suburban parish with a wide variety of housing, and with different cultures and backgrounds being reflected in the make-up of our congregation. 

We are a community gathered around the risen Jesus, living and worshipping according to the traditional Catholic Faith of the Church of England. In other words, the heart of our worship and outreach is the Mass in which we encounter Jesus himself. And for help in knowing God’s truth we look to the ancient Church before it started dividing up (and we long for its unity to be restored). We have an inspiring musical tradition, and a liturgy that reflects our belief that we are part of the Catholic Church of the ages proclaiming the life-changing Good News of Jesus.

The people of All Saints' Benhilton are dedicated to making the love of Jesus known through worship, prayer, teaching the Scriptures, and actively caring for others. These are all ways in which we encounter Jesus in our daily lives.

We are proud of ALL SAINTS' BENHILTON CHURCH of ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL with its 450 students, located right next to our church and vicarage. We maintain strong links with the school's life and activities. Visit the school's website at:

OUR BISHOP: We are a Forward in Faith parish of The Society of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda. Our bishop is the Rt Rev’d Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham. Visit his website at:

OUR VICAR: Father David Chislett SSC became Vicar of All Saints' Benhilton on S. Joseph's day, 19th March, 2018. As part of his ministry he maintains a blog at:

OUR CHURCHWARDENS are Mrs Linda Roots (020 8644 7271) and Mrs Carolyn Melius (020 8642 4276).

OUR READER is Mrs Marjorie Whitehouse (020 8395 0289).

GETTING TO KNOW US: If you are curious to find out what makes us tick, or if you would like to find out about the Good News of Jesus, the Catholic Faith, getting baptised, growing in the life of prayer, being confirmed, making your confession, having your wedding in church, or any other matter, come to our 9.30am Sung Mass one Sunday and then stay for a chat over tea or coffee. Or come to "Office Hour" which is held in the church on Saturdays commencing at 11:30 a.m. Or contact Father David directly to arrange an appointment. His phone number is 07860636270. His email is [email protected]