Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's, Kew

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Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's, Kew
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Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's, Kew
51°28′44.2″N 0°17′8.9″W / 51.478944°N 0.285806°W / 51.478944; -0.285806Coordinates: 51°28′44.2″N 0°17′8.9″W / 51.478944°N 0.285806°W / 51.478944; -0.285806
Location 1 Leyborne Park, Kew, Richmond, London TW9 3HB
Country England, United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website www.stwinefrides.org.uk
Founded 26 October 1898 (parish);[1] 21 November 1905 (church foundation stone)[2]
Founder(s) Society of Mary
Dedication 27 April 1979[3]
Architect(s) Scoles & Raymond[4]
Style Neo-Romanesque
Years built 1905–6[1]
Parish Kew Gardens
Deanery Mortlake
Diocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark
Province Southwark
Bishop(s) Bishop Paul Hendricks
Priest(s) Father Tom Scannell
Parish administrator Julia Muirhead

Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's is the parish church for the Roman Catholic parish of Kew Gardens in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The church is located at 1 Leyborne Park in Kew.

The Society of Mary first established a Catholic mission in a temporary chapel at 14 Kew Gardens Road, which opened for public worship on 26 October 1898 with Father Michael Cummins as the first parish priest, and was named Loreto House.[5][6][7] The Society of Mary continued to serve the parish until 1984.[8]

The church is dedicated to both Our Lady of Loreto and Saint Winefride. The founder of the Society of Mary had made a pilgrimage to the Loreto shrine in Italy in 1833 after asking for the Pope's approval to establish the Society; and Saint Winefride was the favourite saint of one of this church’s principal local benefactors, Miss Frances Elizabeth Ellis (1846–1930) of Clapham Park, whose inheritance from her father, a wealthy Brighton businessman, enabled her to help found many churches.[9][10][11][12]

Designed by the architects Scoles & Raymond,[4][note 1] the church was opened in 1906 and the side aisles, baptistery and chapels were added in 1968.[7] The sanctuary was remodelled in 1977[3][7] and the church was refurbished and decorated in 1998.[13] A parish hall, which also includes a smaller meeting room, is located next to the church.

After a bequest in 1979 by a parishioner, Mrs Moya Rinkenback, paid off the church's debts, the church was dedicated and consecrated on 27 April 1979 by Archbishop Michael Bowen, the Archbishop of Southwark.[3]

The parish priest is Father Tom Scannell. Mass is held every morning and also on Saturday evenings.[14] The parish issues a weekly newsletter which is available online.[15]

Notable congregants[edit]

Second World War Royal Air Force fighter pilot and flying ace Brendan "Paddy" Finucane (1920–1942), whose family lived at 26 Castlegate, Richmond,[16] was a former altar server at the church.[17]


A school for infants, St Winefride's School, which was associated with the church and parish, operated from the 1910s[18] until the early 1950s.[19]


  1. ^ Scoles & Raymond was the architectural practice of Canon Alexander Joseph Cory Scoles (1844–1920), who was parish priest of Basingstoke from 1901 to 1920, and Geoffrey Raymond (1881–1972) his junior partner and, from 1920, his successor in architectural practice. Canon Scoles was the younger son of Joseph John Scoles (1798–1863), architect (1837) of St James the Less Church, Priory Street, Colchester.
    From Directory of British Architects, 1834–1914: Vol. 2 (L–Z) ed. Antonia Brodie (London, 2001), p. 552 and Francis Coulter (February 2007). "History of the Cardinal Bourne Hall". St James the Less and Saint Helen Catholic Church, Colchester. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 


  1. ^ a b Rundle, p.7
  2. ^ Rundle, p.9
  3. ^ a b c Rundle, p.18
  4. ^ a b Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 504. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7. 
  5. ^ Rundle, pp.7–8
  6. ^ "The New Mission at Kew". The Tablet. London. 29 October 1898. p. 25. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "A day of joy and thanksgiving at Saint Winefride's". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark. 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Rundle, p.19
  9. ^ Rundle, pp.8–9
  10. ^ "Welcome to Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's". Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Miss Frances Ellis". The Catholic Parish of Ramsgate and Minster. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "St. Bartholomew's Church". Parish History. St. Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Tom Scannell. "Welcome to St Winifrede's Parish" (PDF). Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's. p. 1. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mass Times". Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Weekly Newsletter". Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride's. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Stokes, Doug. (1983). Paddy Finucane, Fighter Ace: A Biography of Wing Commander Brendan E. Finucane, D.S.O., D.F.C. and Two Bars. London: William Kimber & Co. Ltd. ISBN 0-7183-0279-6. (republished Somerton, Somerset, UK: Crécy Publishing, 1992, ISBN 0-947554-22-X). pp. 22-24.
  17. ^ Rundle, p.14
  18. ^ "Prize-giving at Kew". The Tablet. London. 3 August 1918. p. 20. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  19. ^ Rundle, pp.10–11


  • Joan Rundle (2006). Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride 1906–2006: A Short History of the Church and the Parish. Privately published

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