Christ Church, Hampstead

Coordinates: 51°33′34″N 0°10′32″W / 51.55944°N 0.17556°W / 51.55944; -0.17556
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Christ Church, Hampstead
Christ Church, Hampstead is located in Greater London
Christ Church, Hampstead
Christ Church, Hampstead
Location within Greater London
51°33′34″N 0°10′32″W / 51.55944°N 0.17556°W / 51.55944; -0.17556
DenominationChurch of England
Architect(s)Samuel Daukes
StyleEarly English Gothic
DioceseDiocese of London
DeaneryNorth Camden
Vicar(s)Paul Conrad

Christ Church, Hampstead, is a Church of England church in Hampstead, London. It is a church with particular connections to the old village of Hampstead and the Heath.[1]

Former Prime Minister Clement Attlee was married to his wife, Violet Attlee, at Christ Church, Hampstead.


The present church was erected between 1850 and 1852 to designs by the architect Samuel Daukes in the Early English Gothic style. In 1860 a timber gallery was erected by Sir Gilbert Scott (this was dismantled in the 1960s). In 1881–82 the north porch and aisle were added to designs by Ewan Christian. The church is constructed of Kentish ragstone with Portland stone dressings and slate roofs.

In 1855 the church built a primary school adjacent, originally for infants.[2] By the post-World War II period the school catered to kindergarten (ages 3 – 5) and primary (ages 5 – 11) mixed gender students, organized as one class per year. This was one of many such church-associated schools in the area.


List of vicars
  • John Pelham 1852 - 1855
  • Edward Bickersteth 1855 - 1885
  • George Frederick Head 1885 - 1897
  • George Sidney Streatfeild 1898 - 1901
  • Alfred Edwin Deacon 1901 - 1917
  • Thomas Brocas Waters 1917 - 1922
  • Osmond Ralph Maude Roxby 1923 - 1936
  • John Farquhar Richardson 1936 - 1941
  • Frank Hay Gillingham 1941 - 1942
  • Sydney James Nisbet Wallace 1942 - 1953
  • David Thomas Jarvis 1953 - 1969
  • John Alfred Sampford 1969 - 1979
  • Christopher John Fairfax Scott 1979 - 1995
  • Paul Derick Conrad 1995 - current


The church has a ring of eight bells, the heaviest of which weighs in at 24cwt.[3] They were installed in 2005 after Michael Royalton-Kisch, the current tower captain, single-handedly raised £100,000 to replace the old, unsafe bells.[4] The current band practices on a Wednesday evening at 7pm, and rings for most Sunday services.

The treble, tenor, third and fifth bells were the work of Gillett & Johnston, adopted from St Luke's in Cowley, Oxford.[5] The remaining four bells were cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2005.

Bell Weight Note Cast Founder
Treble 6-0-1 Eb 1938 Gillett & Johnston
2 6-3-2 D 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
3 7-0-26 C 1938 Gillett & Johnston
4 8-0-4 Bb 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
5 10-2-12 Ab 1938 Gillett & Johnston
6 12-1-26 G 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
7 17-0-8 F 2005 Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Tenor 24-0-5 Eb 1938 Gillett & Johnston


The organ pipes

The church had an organ installed in 1857[6] by the celebrated builder Henry Willis who also became the church's first organist. The organ has since been replaced. In about 1968 dry rot was found directly above the organ and to repair the damage the organ had to be partly dismantled. It was stored in the church but was never re-assembled. At some point after this it was taken away and stored (possibly by the organ builders Mander). After some trials of the Allen computer organ, a smaller 2 manual tracker action instrument was installed at the rear of the church. The BBC visited the church and chose to broadcast their Morning Service soon after, however the Willis organ that they heard on their 'scouting' visit had been dismantled by the time they came to broadcast live.

There have been a number of famous organists including:


  1. ^ "Christ Church, Hampstead, Hampstead". Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Hampstead - Education – A History of the County of Middlesex". pp. 159–169.
  3. ^ "Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers entry for Christ Church". Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  4. ^ White, Michael (4 December 2005). "Ask not for whom the bells of Hampstead Heath toll". Telegraph. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Matthew Higby's Recent Work". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  6. ^ "N17087 (Christ Church Hampstead)". National Pipe Organ Register. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ Musical Standard. 1 August 1868. P44