St Mary Magdalene
Awarded a grant to help fund a project for the restoration of the historic fabric of the church building focusing on cleaning and restoring the stunning interior.
Built in the 1860-70s by G.E. Street, architect of the Royal Courts of Justice, this Grade I Listed building is recognized as an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture and decoration. It is one of only fourteen Grade I listed Victorian churches in London and one of the finest by an architect whose work is universally recognised as one of the best of the age. This places it in the same category as St Paul's Cathedral or the Palace of Westminster.
The building has an almost completely intact internal decorative scheme of the highest quality, including the later addition of the Chapel of St Sepulchre by Sir Ninian Comper (1864-1960) in the undercroft and additional architectural contributions by Martin Travers (1886-1948). The construction of the church was motivated by social improvement as much as a spiritual mission and as such its place within its community has always been particularly important.
The church offers a range of services to the local community. The adjacent school uses the church as a flexible space with regular school musical activities taking place. It hosts the St Mary Magdalene Music Society that offers a varied programme of classical and choral concerts 4 times a year, attracting 12,000 visitors to the church. It also acts as a collection point for the North Paddington Food Bank.
St Mary Magdalene was also the winner of our first ever Friends Vote in 2017. This gave them £10,000 which helped fund a major project to conserve the church's outstanding Gothic interior and create a new annex to transform the church into a centre for the local community. Read more here.