St Gabriel's Church, North Acton
St Gabriel's was one of the forty new churches 'planted' in the early 1930s by Arthur Winnington-Ingram, Bishop of London, to serve London's expanding suburbs. It celebrated its eightieth anniversary in July 2011. It was designed and built by architect Ernest Charles Shearman, and houses an original painting (The Annunciation) by artist John Pelling, and two 1870 George Tinworth stone friezes entitled The Brazen Serpent and Descent from the Cross which were removed from Sandringham church and donated to St Gabriel's by The Royal Collection in 1930 following a construction appeal. Other points of interest include a high altar frontal used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and a stone font originally located in Westminster Abbey, and still bearing carved stone symbols of the Abbey Church.
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