Church of St Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon

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Coordinates: 51°32′31″N 0°17′17″E / 51.542°N 0.288°E / 51.542; 0.288

St Mary Magdalene
St Mary Magdalene Church, North Ockendon
Denomination Church of England (Anglican)
Deanery Havering
Archdeaconry West Ham
Diocese Chelmsford
Province Canterbury
Vicar(s) The Rev. George Baisley

The church of St Mary Magdalene is a Church of England religious building in North Ockendon, England (and within the Upminster post town). It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


North Ockendon Church is notable for its retention of choral Prayer book services, in addition to contemporary Biblical liturgy and a sung Eucharist in modern English.


St. Mary Magdalene's has an established choir which accompanies the weekly choral services in addition to other events. The choir's regular repertoire notably includes a number of largely obscure Victorian compositions. The organ is a 2 manual Brindley & Foster instrument currently in the care of Martin M Cross builders (Grays) and on which the pitch is rather sharp at A=460.


The tower has a peal of 6 bells hung for change ringing. They are a descending scale in G major. The heaviest bell, the Tenor, weighs approx. 9½ cwt. The band of ringers have on many occasions been the winning team in the annual call-change ringing competition which involves other towers and ringers in the Southern District of The Essex Association of Change Ringers (EACR).


One of the World War I graves in the churchyard

The churchyard contains war graves of three British Army personnel of World War I.[2]


  1. ^ "Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Upminster". Havering London Borough Council. 
  2. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report, details from casualty record.