St Anne's Church, Kew

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St Anne's Church, Kew
The Parish Church of St Anne, Kew Green
51°29′02″N 0°17′16″W / 51.4838°N 0.2879°W / 51.4838; -0.2879Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 0°17′16″W / 51.4838°N 0.2879°W / 51.4838; -0.2879
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Dedication 12 May 1714[1]
Parish St Anne, Kew
Diocese Southwark
Division Wandsworth Archdeanery
Subdivision Richmond & Barnes Deanery
Bishop(s) Christopher Chessun
Vicar(s) Nigel Worn[2]

St Anne's Church, Kew, is a parish church in Kew in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The building, which dates from 1714, and is Grade II* listed,[2][3] forms the central focus of Kew Green. The raised churchyard, which is on three sides of the church,[4] has two Grade II* listed monuments – the tombs of the artists Johan Zoffany (died 1816)[5] and Thomas Gainsborough (died 1788).[6] The French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (1830–1903), who stayed in 1892 at 10 Kew Green,[7] portrayed St Anne's in his painting Church at Kew (1892).[1]


On Sundays the church usually holds three morning services – a Said Eucharist in traditional language, Morning Prayer and a Sung Eucharist. An Evening Prayer is also held.[8]


St Anne's Church produces a quarterly newsletter, Collect.[9]


St Anne's Church in the snow
St Anne's Church and the Kew war memorial in the spring
The church's old baptismal font with the altar in the background. The font was replaced in 2014
Tomb of Johann Zoffany

Originally built in 1714 on land given by Queen Anne,[4] as a church within the parish of Kingston, St. Anne's Church has been extended several times since, as the settlement of Kew grew with royal patronage. In 1770, King George III undertook to pay for the first extension, designed by Joshua Kirby[4] who, four years later, was buried in the churchyard. The church became a parish church in its own right in 1788. In 1805, a new south aisle, designed by Robert Browne,[10] was added, along with a gallery for the royal family's own use. Under King William IV it was further extended in 1837 by Jeffry Wyattville.[10] A mausoleum designed by the architect Benjamin Ferrey[10] was added in 1851 and an eastern extension in 1882. Further extensions occurred in 1902, 1979 and 1988.[1] The interior of the roof was repainted in 2013. To mark the church's tercentenary in 2014, the baptismal font was replaced.[11]

The present parish hall, which is at right-angles to the church and incorporates the previous choir vestry, was built in 1978. Its design echoes the materials and forms of the church building.[4]

The deaths of royal and noble parishioners were marked in the church by hanging a hatchment bearing the coats of arms of the deceased person on a diagonal board. A hatchment commemorating George III's son, the King of Hanover, was hung in the church in 1821. It is now in the collection of the Museum of Richmond.[12]

Just outside the church walls, on the south side, is the Kew war memorial, in the form of a large stone cross, commemorating the local people who fell in the First and Second World Wars. Their names are listed not on the memorial, but in the church.[13]





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  1. ^ a b Cummings, Rosie (August 2007). "St Anne's Church. Kew Green, Kew. London Borough of Richmond: an archaeological watching brief". Compass Archaeology. 
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Christine (8 December 2010). "£25k makeover of St Anne's Church, Kew, complete". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Parish Church of St Anne". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The History of St. Anne's Church, Kew". St Anne's Church, Kew. 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Churchyard of Church of St Anne, to East of Church". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Churchyard of Church of St Anne, to South of Church". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pissarro's home on Kew Green". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Services at St. Anne's church, Kew". Services. St. Anne's Church, Kew. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Parish magazine: Collect – The Newsletter of St Anne’s Church, Kew". St Anne's Church, Kew. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 503. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7. 
  11. ^ "St Anne's – Celebrate 300". official website. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hatchment from St Anne's Church, Kew, 1821". Highlights of the Collection. Museum of Richmond. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "War Memorial on Kew Green". Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Weir, Alison (1996). Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (revised edition). Pimlico, London: Random House. ISBN 978 0712674485. 
  15. ^ a b c "St Anne's Church, Kew Green". Local History Notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Nisinger, Connie (31 October 2001). "William Aiton". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Nisinger, Connie (31 October 2001). "George Engleheart". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Thomas Gainsborough". Find a Grave. 3 September 2000. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Nisinger, Connie (31 October 2001). "Thomas Haverfield". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "William Jackson Hooker". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Geer, Samuel Taylor (10 August 2011). "John Joshua Kirby". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Howard, Joseph Jackson, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, Vol. II, Hamilton, Adams, and Co., London, 1876, p. 13.
  23. ^ a b Lysons, Daniel (1796). "Appendix: Corrections to volume 1, Burials in the Kew Church". The Environs of London: Counties of Herts, Essex & Kent 4. London: Institute of Historical Research. p. 459. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  24. ^ a b "Biography of Sir Richard Levett (−1711), and his family". Manuscripts and Special Collections. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Nisinger, Connie (31 October 2001). "Jeremiah Meyer". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  26. ^ Nisinger, Connie (31 October 2001). "Johann Zoffany". Find a Grave. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Blomfield, David (2014). St Anne's Kew, 1714–2014. R J L Smith and Associates. ISBN 978-0-9573492-8-5.