St Benet Fink Church, Tottenham

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St Benet Fink
Parish Church of St Benet Fink
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St Benet Fink is located in Greater London
St Benet Fink
St Benet Fink
51°35′51″N 0°05′28″W / 51.5973744°N 0.0910583°W / 51.5973744; -0.0910583Coordinates: 51°35′51″N 0°05′28″W / 51.5973744°N 0.0910583°W / 51.5973744; -0.0910583
OS grid reference TQ3290
Country  United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Traditional Catholic
Founded June 3, 1911 (1911-06-03) - but see note below
Dedication Saint Benedict
Consecrated 1912-05-15
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architectural type Mini-Cathedral
Groundbreaking 1911-06-03
Length 41 metres (135 ft)
Width 18 metres (59 ft)
Nave width 11 metres (36 ft)
Number of spires One
Materials Red brick walls, slate roof.
Parish St. Benet Fink, Tottenham
Deanery East Haringey
Archdeaconry Hampstead
Episcopal area Edmonton
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Vicar(s) Fr James Hill SSC CMP
Organist(s) Ian Bednall

St Benet Fink, Tottenham, is an Anglican church in Tottenham, London.[1]


Early history[edit]

Main article: St Benet Fink

The original St Benet Fink church was in Threadneedle Street in the City of London and is first mentioned in 1216.[1] At an unknown prior date a Saint Benedict's Church had been rebuilt with a gift from one Robert Finke.[1]


Benet is short for Benedict from Saint Benedict. Historically, if there was more than one church in an area dedicated to a particular Saint then the benefactor's name was added to the churches name, hence Benet Fink.[1]

20th century[edit]

In 1904, a mission to this district was established and a Tin Tabernacle opened in Granger Road, dedicated to St Luke, in 1905, while funds were raised to build a permanent building. The current church was built during 1911 and 1912, and at its consecration on 15 May 1912, the Bishop of London referred to it as ‘the little Cathedral’; given its light and airy interior, reminiscent of Gothic cathedral architecture, it is easy to see why. The architect was J. S. Alder, and St Benet’s is said[by whom?] to be his most complete and unaltered church. The spire houses a single bell, as was common architectural practice at the beginning of the last century; the building has a grade II listing. The symbols in the windows are the symbols of the saints and martyrs of Christian antiquity.[2]


The church is of red brick with a slate roof and has a small spire that accommodates a single bell. It is the style that was common in north London at the beginning of the twentieth century. The site includes a matching vicarage and church hall.


1912-1917 Fr Harold Van Cooten
1917-1927 Fr Marcus Donavon
1927-1927 Fr Charles Waton
1962-1969 Fr William Stephenson
1969-2009 Fr Michael Davenport
Priest in Charge
2010-2011 Fr Mark Elliott Smith
2011-2016 Fr James Hill
2016 Fr James Hill



  1. ^ a b c d e Leaflet published by the church for its annual open day 2010-07-10
  2. ^ "History of St Benet Fink". Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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