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St Mary Magdalene

This parish church is the oldest Norman church in London still in weekly use. It stands in solemn grandeur in a 9 acre churchyard, now managed as a nature reserve.

East Ham, Greater London

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Norman Road
East Ham
Greater London
E6 3PG

The main body of the church was built about 1130 in the Romanesque style, but the tower dates mainly from the 16th century. There is a fine doorway between the tower and nave.

In the chancel, the blind arcading of Norman arches is of special interest, as are the 12th century Cistercian wall paintings. These were covered over many years ago with lime wash to preserve them, leaving some small 'windows' to show what lies beneath.

The lime wash is now being carefully scraped away.

  • Wildlife haven

  • National heritage here

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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