The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond
|The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond|
The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond was formed in 2013 as the result of a merger between Richmond Borough Church and The Vineyard Church, Richmond. It meets in a 19th-century church located at The Vineyard in Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, next to St Elizabeth of Portugal Church. The building also houses the Vineyard Community Centre which in turn hosts the Richmond Food Bank, The Vineyard Charity Shop and The Basement Door – a music venue for young people.
The church building, with a gallery, was designed by John Davies (1796–1865), and opened in 1831, to seat a congregation of 500 to 600. It was rebuilt in 1851 after a fire. The church is built in Norman style, in grey brick, with a distinctive porch.
Harold Wilson attended The Vineyard Church with his wife Mary during his term in office as British Prime Minister, and Lady Stansgate, mother of the Labour MP Tony Benn, was a parishioner during the 1940s.
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