St Michael's Church, Camden Town

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St Michael's Church, Camden Town
Parish Church of St Michael
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West end of St Michael's.
LocationCamden Road, London NW 1.
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Architect(s)Bodley and Garner
ParishOld St Pancras
DeanerySouth Camden
Episcopal areaEdmonton
Vicar(s)Fr Thomas Plant[1]
Assistant priest(s)Fr Oliver Petter

St Michael's Church is the principal Anglican church for Camden Town in north London. The present building, designed by George Frederick Bodley and Thomas Garner in a Gothic Revival style, dates to the late 19th century.


The congregation was begun in 1881 at a building nearby which now houses a betting shop ; a service was held in the shop to begin the celebrations for the church's 125th anniversary in 2002.[2][3]

The present building was the first London church designed by Bodley and Garner and is built of brick with stone dressings in the decorated Gothic style. The nave was completed in 1881 and the chancel added and consecrated in 1894 under its first vicar, Father Edward Penfold. A north west tower was planned but never built. The interior has a continuous, stenciled waggon ceiling covering both nave and chancel, and a vaulted north chapel. The west front was restored in 2005 and a new roof was completed in August 2007. The church is Grade II* listed, for its interior .[4]

In 1954 the parish of St Michael's subsumed those of All Saints, Camden Town (which had become a Greek Orthodox church in 1948) and St.Thomas, Agar Town, Wrotham Road (whose 1864 building was demolished due to war damage). In 2003 St Michael's became part of the St Pancras Team Ministry, with St Pancras Old Church, St Mary's Church, Somers Town, and St Paul's Church, Camden Square.

Parish work[edit]

It has an active ministry to the homeless and refugees in the area, and regularly speaks out on local social issues.[5] It featured in the BBC series The Power and the Glory [6] and hosted the launch of the new 'Faithful Cities' report[7][8] (on which occasion John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury also dedicated the new parish rooms at the side of the church). In March 2008 its priest, Father Nicholas Wheeler (licensed to the parish on 21 September 1996, and also Team Rector of the St Pancras Team Ministry) left to become Anglican Priest Missioner in Rio de Janeiro.[9] He was replaced as Team Rector and priest of St Michael's by Philip North, previously Shrine Administrator at Walsingham[10] who departed at the end of 2014 to become Bishop of Burnley. He was succeeded by Father Thomas Plant.

The church is linked to St Michael's Church of England Primary School.[11]



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  2. ^ "Vicar is an early favourite". BBC News. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Holy orders for bookie's shop". BBC News. 24 February 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (476823)". Images of England. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  5. ^ Camden New Journal Archived 11 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Power and the Glory homepage
  7. ^ "Church anger over asylum poverty". BBC News. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Maev (23 May 2006). "Government accused of draconian treatment of asylum seekers". Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  9. ^ A New Vision for Catholic Mission - Westcott House, page 9
  10. ^ retrieved 26 May 2011
  11. ^ Homepage

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Coordinates: 51°32′24″N 0°08′29″W / 51.5401°N 0.1415°W / 51.5401; -0.1415