Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea

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Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More
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View from corner of Upper Cheyne Row and Cheyne Row
Holy Redeemer Church
Holy Redeemer Church
Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More
Location in Kensington and Chelsea
Coordinates: 51°29′04″N 0°10′12″W / 51.4845°N 0.1699°W / 51.4845; -0.1699
OS grid referenceTQ2717177759
LocationChelsea, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
DedicationChrist the Redeemer
Thomas More
Consecrated21 June 1905
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationGrade II listed
Designated7 November 1984[1]
Architect(s)Edward Goldie
StyleRenaissance Revival
Groundbreaking7 June 1894
Completed23 October 1895
DeaneryKensington and Chelsea

The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, also referred to as Holy Redeemer Church, is a Roman Catholic Parish church in Chelsea, London. it was built in the 19th century and opened on 23 October 1895. It was designed by Edward Goldie. It is situated on the corner of Upper Cheyne Row and Cheyne Row, next to Carlyle's House in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It is listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.[1]



In the early 1890s, Cardinal Herbert Vaughan requested Canon Cornelius James Keens to go to Chelsea and create a mission to serve the local Catholic population.[2] In 1892 Canon Keens obtained permission from the Archdiocese of Westminster to build a church in the area. Originally, it was to be called the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer. The foundation stone was laid on 7 June 1894 and the church was opened on 23 October 1895. The church was consecrated on 21 June 1905 by Cardinal Francis Bourne.[3]


The dedication of the church was changed in 1935 after Thomas More was canonised. It became the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More.[3]

Repair and renovation[edit]

In September 1940, during the Second World War, the church was damaged by a bomb which killed nineteen people. The west wall and organ were destroyed. After the war, the church was repaired.[3]

In 1962, the restoration work was undertaken in the church. From 1970 to 1972, the church was reordered. The floor of the chancel was relaid, so that the altar could be brought towards the congregation and a marble ambo was installed. In 1980 a new font was also installed to match the ambo.[3]



The church has five Sunday Masses, at 6:30pm on Saturday, 10:00am and 11:00am on Sunday and 12:15pm and 6:30pm on Sunday. It also has weekday Masses at 8:00am in the morning from Monday to Friday.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More (1265563)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 6 September 2017
  2. ^ History Archived 2015-02-06 at the Wayback Machine from, retrieved 4 February 2015
  3. ^ a b c d Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More - Chelsea from English Heritage, retrieved 4 February 2015
  4. ^ Christopher Murray (2004). Sean O'Casey: Writer at Work : a Biography. Gill & Macmillan Ltd. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7171-2750-4.
  5. ^ Anna Del Conte (2009). Risotto with Nettles: A Memoir with Food. Chatto & Windus. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-7011-8098-0.
  6. ^ Bernard Cribbins; James Hogg (11 October 2018). Bernard Who?: 75 Years of Doing Just About Everything. Little, Brown Book Group. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4721-3014-3.
  7. ^ The Ampleforth Journal. Ampleforth Abbey. 1964. p. 302.
  8. ^ Directory from Archdiocese of Westminster, retrieved 6 February 2015

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