St Mary Magdalene, Richmond

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St Mary Magdalene, Richmond
Richmond St Mary Magdalene's Church 003.jpg
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Website Parish website
Architect(s) Arthur Blomfield (Victorian modifications); George Frederick Bodley (early 20th century changes)
Years built c. 1220–1904
Parish St Mary Magdalene, Richmond
Deanery Richmond & Barnes
Archdeaconry Wandsworth
Episcopal area Kingston
Diocese Southwark
Province Canterbury
Archbishop Justin Welby
Bishop(s) Christopher Chessun
Vicar(s) Revd Wilma Roest[1]
Dean Trevor Patterson
Archdeacon John Kiddle
Organist/Director of music Alexander Knight[2]
Parish administrator Tina Roberts[1]
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name Church of St Mary Magdalene
Designated 10 January 1950
Reference no. 20559

St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, in the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, is a Grade II* listed[3] parish church on Paradise Road, Richmond, London. The church was built in the early 16th century but has been greatly altered so that, apart from the tower, the visible parts of the church date from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.[4]

Since 1996 St Mary Magdalene's has been part of the Richmond Team Ministry, which also includes the churches of St John the Divine and St Matthias.[5] It has a strong musical tradition and offers choral services each Sunday.[6]


The initial chapel was built in around 1220. The church was entirely reconstructed during the reign of Henry VII who, after rebuilding the royal palace of Sheen, renamed Sheen as Richmond in 1501. The two bottom sections of the tower that survive from this period were re-faced in flint in 1904.[7]

In the early 17th century, a south aisle was added to the nave. The north aisle was added in 1699. The original nave and the south aisle were rebuilt in 1750, and iron window frames replaced the original windows in 1850.[7]

The plaster ceiling over the nave was replaced in 1866 by the architect Arthur Blomfield with timberwork,[7] described by Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner as "inappropriate".[4] Blomfield also constructed new galleries and replaced the box pews with bench pews.[7]

In 1903–04 the architect George Frederick Bodley replaced the chancel with a new chancel, two chapels (Chapel of All Souls and Chapel of All Saints) and a vestry in a Neo-Gothic style. The tower was faced with flint and stone to match the east end. The north and south galleries were removed at this time. The west gallery was removed in 1935–36.[7]

Burials and monuments[edit]

Richard Yates in a dozen roles, 1826 lithograph


The tower contains a ring of eight bells. They bear dates between 1680 and 1761 and were re-hung in a clockwise ring in the 1980s. The tenor bell weighs almost 19 cwt.[16]


The organ was built in 1907[17] by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd, who also cleaned it in 1929[17] and restored it in 1965.[18] A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[17][18]


The Right Reverend Eyre Chatterton, DD, FRGS (1863–1950), an eminent Anglican author who served as Bishop of Nagpur, India from 1903 to 1926, as well as being an amateur tennis player, was appointed curate at St Mary Magdalene's in 1900.



  1. ^ a b "About Us". Richmond Team Ministry. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Music". Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary Magdalene (205597)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 518. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7. 
  5. ^ "History of Richmond Team Ministry". Richmond Team Ministry. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "St Mary Magdalene". Richmond Team Ministry. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "St Mary Magdalene: History of St Mary's". Richmond Team Ministry. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Meller, Hugh; Parsons, Brian (2011). London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer (fifth ed.). Stroud, Gloucestershire: The History Press. pp. 290–294. ISBN 9780752461830. 
  9. ^ Parry-Wingfield, Catherine. "Barbara Hofland, successful author and poetess". People: Artists and Painters. Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Gaunt, Michael (2 October 2011). "Summer Outing to Richmond". The Society for Theatre Research. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "No. 19704". The London Gazette. 9 February 1839. p. 214. 
  12. ^ Jackson, Lee. "Districts — Richmond". Victorian London. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Tovey, Duncan Crookes (1911). "Thomson, James (poet, 1700–1748)". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  14. ^  "Thomson, James (1700-1748)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  15. ^  "Yates, Richard (1706?-1796)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  16. ^ "Bell Ringing at St Mary's". St Mary Magdalene. Richmond Team Ministry. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c "Surrey Richmond, St. Mary Magdalene, Paradise Road [N13875]". National Pipe Organ Register V2.6. British Institute of Organ Studies. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Surrey Richmond, St. Mary Magdalene, Paradise Road [N00932]". National Pipe Organ Register V2.6. British Institute of Organ Studies. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°27′37″N 0°18′14″W / 51.4602°N 0.3038°W / 51.4602; -0.3038