John Dee memorial plaque installed in 2013 inside the church of St Mary the Virgin Mortlake
The first chapel in Mortlake stood on the river side of the High Street, on a site now occupied by Mortlake Brewery. The present churchyard and church were given to the parish by King Henry VIII in 1543. The 1543 building has undergone many alterations and enlargements during its long history and, of the original Tudor church, only the tower remains. The belfry and the cupola are a distinctive feature of the tower which appears as a landmark in many historic prints and pictures of the Thames bank.