St John's Hampton Wick

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St John's Hampton Wick
The Mission Community of St John’s Kingston Bridge[1]
St John The Baptist Church, Hampton Wick, London.jpg
51°24′42.7″N 0°18′45.9″W / 51.411861°N 0.312750°W / 51.411861; -0.312750Coordinates: 51°24′42.7″N 0°18′45.9″W / 51.411861°N 0.312750°W / 51.411861; -0.312750
Location Church Grove and St John’s Road, Hampton Wick KT1 4AL
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Architect(s) Edward Lapidge
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1829-30
Diocese Anglican Diocese of London
Pastor(s) Rev Jerry and Camilla Field
Churchwarden(s) Garth Watkins and Ali Bryan
Parish administrator Penny Miller

St John's Hampton Wick is a Church of England church on Church Grove and St John’s Road in Hampton Wick, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It was built to a design by Edward Lapidge in 1829–30.


St John's was originally conceived as a chapel of ease to the parish church of St Mary at Hampton[2] about 2½ miles away,[3] but following its completion, the district assigned to it was made a separate parish.[2] The Church Commissioners funded its construction on the condition that the parish church should also be enlarged at the same time. The cost of the church and the enclosure of the site was about £4,500. The first stone was laid on 7 October 1829, and the building was completed by 8 November 1830.[3]

The building's architect Edward Lapidge also donated the land for it, and paid for the enclosure of the site on one side. Lapidge had been born in Hampton Wick, and designed the present Kingston Bridge nearby.[3]

It was built in a plain Gothic Revival style, faced with Suffolk brick and Bath stone. As originally constructed, the church was 65 feet (20 m) long and 43 feet (13 m) wide, with galleries on three sides, and a recessed window at the east end. It was intended to seat 800 people, half the accommodation being free (i.e. not subject to pew rent).[3] A chancel was added in 1887 and the church was restored in 1880 and 1911.[4]

In 2010, after five years of closure, the church re-opened its doors under the Church of England's church planting scheme. Services were resumed in December 2010.


Services are held on Sunday mornings and some Sunday evenings. The church describes its services as "informal, modern and family friendly’' within the Church of England.[5]


  1. ^ "Our Annual Report 2012". About Us. St John's Hampton Wick. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Saint John the Baptist, Hampton Wick: Richmond". The National Archives (UK). Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Chapel of St John the Baptist at Hampton Wick". The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction. 19: 376. 1832. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1990) [1983]. London 2: South. The Buildings of England. London: Penguin Books. p. 502. ISBN 0140710477. 
  5. ^ "The Heart of Community Life". St John's Hampton Wick. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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