St Mary's Church, Battersea

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St Mary's Church, Battersea
View of the front of the church
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Website www.stmarysbattersea.org.uk
Administration
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Southwark
St Mary's Church, Battersea, London

St Mary's Church, Battersea, is the local Church of England parish church[1] in Battersea, formerly in Surrey and now part of south London, England, in the London Borough of Wandsworth.[2] The parish is now within the diocese of Southwark. Christians have worshipped there regularly for well over a thousand years and continue to do so to this day. It is a Grade I listed building.[3]

History[edit]

St Mary's stands on one of the earliest known consecrated sites on the south bank of the River Thames. The original church was built as early as 800 AD, presumably by the Saxons, and the present building was completed in 1777.[4] It was designed by Joseph Dixon, a local architect.[5]

The church has strong connections with art and literature through the artist and poet William Blake, who was married here, and the artist J. M. W. Turner, who painted the river from the vestry window. Benedict Arnold and his family are buried in the crypt, and the church has links with the explorer Robert Falcon Scott.[citation needed]

The church is used weekly by Thomas's Battersea for their Thursday morning church service and also holds a Thomas's Kindergarten.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battersea, St Mary, Battersea". A Church Near You. The Church of England, UK. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "St Mary's Church Battersea". London Borough of Wandsworth, UK. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Good Stuff IT Services. "Church of St Mary and Churchyard Wall and Gates - Wandsworth - Greater London - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Good Stuff IT Services. "Church of St Mary and Churchyard Wall and Gates - Wandsworth - Greater London - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "St Mary, Battersea". Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.thomas-s.co.uk/location.html


External links[edit]

Media related to St. Mary's Church, Battersea at Wikimedia Commons

  • St Mary's Church website
  • "Stained glass virtual tour". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Stefan Hopkinson, the Vicar of Battersea during the Second World War: ... There was considerable damage, but the church was unharmed -- at least, until I picked up a stone and smashed all the [very bad] Victorian glass. 

Coordinates: 51°28′36″N 0°10′32″W / 51.47667°N 0.17556°W / 51.47667; -0.17556