St Mary the Virgin Mortlake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
St Mary the Virgin Mortlake
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Style Tudor, with more recent additions
Diocese Southwark
Rector The Revd Canon Dr Ann Nickson
Curate(s) Revd Tom Carson
Director of music Nigel Condry[1]
Churchwarden(s) Caroline Edelin; Linda Roberts
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name Parish Church of St Mary
Designated 25 October 1951
Reference no. 357705

St Mary the Virgin Mortlake is a parish church in Mortlake, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is part of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. The rector is The Revd Canon Dr Ann Nickson.

The building, on Mortlake High Street, London SW14, dates from 1543 and is Grade II* listed.[2]


South door
John Dee memorial plaque installed in 2013 inside the church

The first chapel in Mortlake stood on the river side of the High Street, on a site now occupied by Mortlake Brewery. The only surviving relic is a 15th-century font presented to this church by Archbishop Bourchier (c.1404–86).[3]

The present churchyard and church were given to the parish by King Henry VIII in 1543, an event commemorated by a stone in the west front of the tower. Its inscription "VIVAT RH8 1543"[3] is dismissed by Cherry and Pevsner as "bogus".[4]

The 1543 building has undergone many alterations and enlargements during its long history and, of the original Tudor church, only the tower remains.[3] The belfry and the cupola are a distinctive feature of the tower which appears as a landmark in many historic prints and pictures of the Thames bank. The current appearance of the church is mostly the work of local architect Sir Arthur Blomfield, who built the chancel in 1885; his firm built the nave in 1905.[4]

The vestry house dates from 1670. It was restored in 1979/80.[3]


The earliest surviving tomb in the churchyard is that of the astrologer John Partridge, who died in 1715. Memorials to other famous people include a British Prime Minister, Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (d.1844) [5][6] and three Lord Mayors of London. A memorial to John Dee (1527–1609), who is buried in an unmarked spot beneath the chancel,[3] was unveiled in June 2013.[7]


Services are held on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.[8]

Other uses[edit]

Mortlake Quiet Gardens are based around the landscaped churchyard and are affiliated to The Quiet Garden Trust.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Music". St Mary the Virgin Mortlake. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Parish Church of St Mary (1357705)". National Heritage List for England. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Maisie Brown (1997). Barnes and Mortlake Past with East Sheen. London: Historical Publications. pp. 87–88. ISBN 0 948667 46 X. 
  4. ^ a b Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 513. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  5. ^ "Tomb of Henry Addington". Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Lionel A. Bouchon and Didier Grau. "Henry Addington (1757–1844) First Viscount Sidmouth". Personalities. Napoleon & Empire. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Welcome". John Dee of Mortlake Society. 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Our Regular Services". St Mary the Virgin Mortlake. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mortlake Quiet Gardens" (PDF). St Mary the Virgin Mortlake. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Quiet Gardens In Central Region, UK". The Quiet Garden Trust. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°28′10″N 0°15′42″W / 51.4695°N 0.2616°W / 51.4695; -0.2616