St Thomas's Church, Oakwood

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St Thomas's Church, Oakwood
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St Thomas's Church, Oakwood is located in Greater London
St Thomas's Church, Oakwood
St Thomas's Church, Oakwood
51°38′44″N 0°07′36″W / 51.64556°N 0.12675°W / 51.64556; -0.12675Coordinates: 51°38′44″N 0°07′36″W / 51.64556°N 0.12675°W / 51.64556; -0.12675
Location Prince George Avenue, Oakwood, London, N14 4SN
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Conservative Evangelical
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Parish St. Thomas, Oakwood
Deanery Enfield
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Hampstead
Episcopal area Area Bishopric of Edmonton
Diocese Diocese of London
Bishop(s) The Rt Revd Rod Thomas (AEO)
Vicar(s) The Revd Richard Alldritt
Curate(s) The Revd Ben Vane
Reader(s) John Coekin

St Thomas's Church, Oakwood, London N14, is an Anglican church in the Enfield Deanery of the Diocese of London. It is located in Prince George Avenue in the Oakwood area of the London Borough of Enfield, England.


St Thomas's is a modern Anglican church established in the 1930s as the suburb of Oakwood grew with the extension of the Piccadilly underground line to Cockfosters. Building stopped with the outbreak of the Second World War, and the church was not finished until the 1950s.[1] The architect was Romilly Craze.[2] Later a parish hall was added, and a distinctive tall green spire. There is a guide hut on the grounds across the car park from the main building.

Late in 2010 the spire was found to be unsafe and removed,[3] however this was replaced at the beginning of 2012.

Present day[edit]

St Thomas's is within the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England. As a parish that rejects the ordination of women and supports complementary gender roles, it receives alternative episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Maidstone (currently Rod Thomas).[4][5]

They use the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible and have expository preaching.

From May 2017 to 2018, St. Thomas' Oakwood was in interregnum; this followed the move of the previous vicar, Christopher Hobbs (1997-2017), to St Andrew's Church, Cheadle Hulme.[6] On 16 April 2018, the next vicar, Rich Alldritt, was inducted at the church.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Geograph Britain.
  2. ^ "London Borough of Enfield Information Sheets Church Architecture". London Borough of Enfield. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "G'day from the Vicarage - Dec2010". St Toms Oakwood. Retrieved 22 September 2011. .
  4. ^ "Spring Newsletter 2017" (pdf). 31 March 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "St Thomas Oakwood - Full Pairsh Profile" (pdf). St Thomas Oakwood. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  6. ^ Vane, Ben (7 May 2017). "Goodbye Christopher & Margaret Hobbs". St Thomas Oakwood. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Induction of Rich Alldritt as Vicar of St Thomas". St Thomas's Church. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.