All Saints Church, Fulham

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All Saints Church, Fulham
All Saints Church, Fulham, London - Diliff.jpg
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Affirming Catholic
Website Official website
Administration
Parish All Saints Fulham
Deanery Hammersmith and Fulham
Archdeaconry Middlesex
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Clergy
Vicar(s) Joseph Hawes, Vicar of Fulham
Penny Seabrook, Associate Vicar
Honorary priest(s) Walter Makhulu
Curate(s) Ric Whaite, Assistant Curate
Laity
Director of music Jonathan Wikeley
Organist(s) Matthew Burgess & William Fairbairn
Churchwarden(s) Christina Thomas
Ade Lusmore

All Saints Church, Fulham, is the ancient parish church of Fulham, in the County of Middlesex pre-dating the Reformation. It is now an Anglican Church in Fulham, London, sited close to the river Thames, beside the northern approach to Putney Bridge. The church tower and interior nave and chancel are Grade II* listed.

History[edit]

All Saints Church, Fulham
All Saints Church, Fulham, from Putney Bridge

There has been a church on the same site for more than 900 years. Denny writes that the first record of a church here dates from 1154 in the rolls of a tithe dispute.[1] Apart from the tower, construction of which began in 1440, the present church building dates from the late Victorian period, having been rebuilt in 1880–1 by Sir Arthur Blomfield, using squared rubblestone, ashlar dressings and Perpendicular style windows.[2]

The building and its churchyard are situated next to Bishop's Park overlooking the river Thames. The church has a long association with the Bishops of London as Lords of the Manor of Fulham and is the burial place for many of them. The nearby Fulham Palace is the former Manor of Fulham and the former residence of the Bishops of London.

Putney Bridge, and its predecessor Fulham Bridge, is unique in that it is the only bridge in Britain to have a church at both ends: the ancient St. Mary's Church, Putney is located in Putney, on the south bank, and All Saints Church, Fulham, is on the north bank.


Notable burials[edit]

Bishops of London[edit]

Due to the proximity of All Saints to Fulham Palace, the ancient residence of the Bishop of London, several Bishops of London were buried at All Saints.

Other burials[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The church was featured in the film The Omen, in a scene which begins in Bishop's Park, and ends with a bizarre accident where a priest (played by Patrick Troughton) is impaled by a lightning conductor on the top of the tower that is dislodged when it is hit by lightning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denny, Barbara (1997). 'Fulham Past'. London: Historical Publications. pp. 35–39. ISBN 0 948667 43 5. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (201857)". Images of England. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 

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Coordinates: 51°28′07″N 0°12′42″W / 51.4686°N 0.2117°W / 51.4686; -0.2117