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All Saints

A perfect example of a neo Gothic Victorian church and its parochial buildings designed by George Edmund Street in a unique collegiate style surrounding a peaceful enclosed quadrangle.

Maidenhead, Berkshire

Opening times

Open 9.30am to 12noon Mondays to Fridays, or at other times by making an appointment through the parish office 01628 621933.
(visits suspended at present due to the coronavirus pandemic)


Church Close
Boyn Hill Road

All Saints is a glorious celebration of the Oxford Movement founded by Newman, Pusey and Keble, placing the sacrament at the centre of worship and embracing the symbolism of the Middle Ages. The complex, probably unique, consists of the grade I listed Victorian church within an enclosed quadrangle surrounded on the south side by the Vicarage (now privately owned), a former school (now the parish centre), two clergy houses (currently rented out) and a gated archway. Accompanying it is an almshouse with four residents, also by Street.

All Saints was referred to by John Betjeman in Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide as the ‘Tractarian Cathedral’, and you can see the pulpit from which he spoke in 1947. Pevsner (Buildings of England-Berkshire) said 'Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, of 1854-57 is Street at his best, a powerful group of church, gate, parsonage, school, and schoolmaster’s house'.

The Ecclesiologist said ‘We have seldom been more pleased with a design than with the one before us'. English Heritage said in their Churches Project End of Year Report 2003/4 'There is little doubt that this is one of Street’s finest churches'; the late Paul Joyce, the Victorian Society’s expert on Street, described it as ‘a fascinating Tractarian gothic ensemble of the greatest originality’.

The construction is a striking polychromatic appearance, achieved using Bath stone and black and red brick. The 150-foot tower and spire, the highest point in Maidenhead, contains a peal of eight bells. The interior is highly and colourfully decorated with polychromatic layers of brick, marble and alabaster, work being executed by major sculptors and stained glass designers including Earp, Leaver, Hardman, Wailes, O’Connor, Kemp, and in the 20th century Sir Ninian Comper and Fellowes-Prynne.

The church and the accompanying buildings were dedicated in 1857 and the tower and spire in 1865. An extension at the West end of the church was added in 1911 by Street’s son. Street loved the church so much that his wife and her father are buried in the churchyard, and he designed their gravestones.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • National heritage here

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Participant in Heritage Open Days and Ride and Stride each September.

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £20,000, 2007

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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