St Benet Fink Church, Tottenham
|St Benet Fink|
|Parish Church of St Benet Fink|
|OS grid reference|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Founded||June 3, 1911- but see note below|
|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|
|Vicar(s)||Fr James Hill SSC CMP|
The original St Benet Fink church was in Threadneedle Street in the City of London and is first mentioned in 1216. At an unknown prior date a Saint Benedict's Church had been rebuilt with a gift from one Robert Finke.
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.
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.
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|
- Leaflet published by the church for its annual open day 2010-07-10
- "History of St Benet Fink". Retrieved 9 November 2012.