St Alban's Church, Teddington
|former St Alban's Church, Teddington|
|Church of St Alban the Martyr, Teddington|
|Location||Ferry Road, Teddington, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW11 9NN|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade II* listed|
|Designated||2 September 1952|
|Architect(s)||William S Niven|
|Architectural type||French Gothic|
|Legal status||registered company (registered in England and Wales; number 3061090) and registered charity (registered in England and Wales; number 1047080)|
|Purpose||to preserve, maintain and improve the Church building formerly known as St Alban the Martyr, Teddington, for the benefit of the public and to advance the education of the public in the arts and crafts|
|Teddington and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames|
St Alban's Church is a former church located in Teddington, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England. It was dedicated to Saint Alban, the first English Christian martyr. The building, which is Grade II* listed, is still owned by the Church of England but is now leased to the Landmark Arts Centre for use as a venue for concerts and exhibitions.
When the railway came to Teddington in the 1860s, the town’s population increased tenfold and it was decided that a major new church was needed. Following substantial fundraising the new church was built directly opposite St Mary's Church, on part of the grounds of Teddington Place, and the house was renamed Udney Hall. The house was demolished in 1946 to form Udney Hall Gardens.
The foundation stone of the new church was laid in 1887. The design of the new church, which was built in 1889 and consecrated in 1896, was commissioned by its first vicar, Rev. Francis Leith Boyd, who had been appointed as Vicar of Teddington in 1884 when he was 28, officiating at the parish church of St Mary. It was designed in the French Gothic style by local architect William S Niven, who was a pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott and had also been involved with the restoration of the Chapter House at Westminster Abbey. Niven's name is engraved on the external wall at the west end of the south aisle wall.
Most of the stonework is in Doulton limestone from Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The finer grain material used internally in partitions is Corsham limestone from Wiltshire. The internal fittings were by A H Skipworth. The location of the pulpit, halfway down the nave, follows the French style. Its simple canopy was replaced in 1902 by a design in carved oak, embellished by gilded representations of three orders of angels.
The window on the west wall was made in about 1850 and had been originally installed in St Peter’s Church, Islington. Rescued in 1987 by the London Stained-Glass Repository of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, it was dismantled and re-leaded for installation here in 1992.
The congregation had attempted to build a massive church, based on the Notre Dame de Paris and, though never designated as a cathedral, St Alban’s was known informally as "the Cathedral of the Thames Valley". However, there wasn’t enough money to complete the original design. The nave was significantly shorter than planned, a 200 ft tower was never started and the "west end" had to be closed off by a temporary wall.
In 1967 the church congregation reverted across the road to the historic but much smaller church of St Mary's.
The building was declared redundant in 1977 and neglected for years, suffering vandalism. Local residents, including Jean Brown (who started the campaign and later became President of the Landmark Arts Centre, holding that post until her death in 2011) and Irene Sutton, secretary of the Friends of St Alban's, campaigned to save the deconsecrated church and to establish it as a local community and arts centre.
In 1993 the temporary wall was replaced with a permanent one as part of the adaptation of the building for its new use.
The building today
The building is now operated by the Landmark Arts Centre, an independent charity, which delivers a wide-ranging arts and education programme for the local and wider community. Its activities include classes for children and adults involving music, dance and visual arts, and also concerts and exhibitions. In addition to its classes and events, the Centre is open to general visitors on weekdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and a number of surviving architectural features can be seen.
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Media related to St Alban's Church, Teddington at Wikimedia Commons
- Interior image of the church in 1899
- Landmark Arts Centre official site
- Photographs of St Mary's and St Alban's in 1974
- Teddington Parish Church (St Mary with St Alban)