St James' Church, Muswell Hill

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St James, Muswell Hill
Parish Church of St James with St Mattew
St James' Church, Muswell Hill.jpg
Location St James Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DB
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Evangelical
Weekly attendance 500+ per Sunday, plus children
Consecrated 1842/1902
Architect(s) Mr Adler
Architectural type Perpendicular Gothic
Groundbreaking 1900
Completed 1911
Parish Muswell Hill
Deanery West Haringey
Archdeaconry Hampstead
Episcopal area Edmonton
Diocese London
Province Canterbury

St James Church, Muswell Hill is a large Anglican church in London, known as "the Church on the Hill".


The original building was consecrated in 1842, and the church was extended in 1874. The foundation stone for the current building was laid in 1900, and the completed church was consecrated by the Bishop of London (Rev. Arthur Winnington-Ingram) on 30 June 1902.[1]

The building was gutted by World War II bombing, and the restored church was rededicated in 1952. The church center building foundation stone was laid on 20 May 1994 and can viewed in the bookshop.

The Church spire was completed in 1910, the spire stands 300 ft above sea level-this is how the church got the name "Church on the Hill" The tower is 21 feet square and 80 feet high. On top if this the spire rises to another 82 feet and the total height to the top is 170 feet.

A church primary school was completed nearby in 1850. The new school now sits on Woodside Ave[2]

Vicars of the Church[edit]

  • 1842-1846 John Jackson (Later bishop of London)
  • 1846-1876 James Browell
  • 1876-1894 Ernest Peter Cachemaille
  • 1894-1912 James Shearer Whichelow
  • 1912-1931 Arthur Mercer
  • 1931-1958 Ernest Ernold Dunn (Prebendary of St Pauls)
  • 1958-1966 Norman Harold Bainbridge
  • 1967-1977 William Sidney Allam (Prebendary of St Pauls)
  • 1978-1992 Michael Bunker (Prebendary of St Pauls)
  • 1993-2007 Alex Ross
  • 2008-2013 Kim Swithinbank
  • 2014–present Christopher Green[3]
The grade II listed vicarage to the rear of the church


  1. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36808). London. 1 July 1902. p. 5. 
  2. ^ St James website
  3. ^ [St James Vicar Board in Tower entrance ]

External links[edit]

Media related to St James' church, Muswell Hill at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°35′21″N 0°8′43″W / 51.58917°N 0.14528°W / 51.58917; -0.14528