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St John's Wood Church, London

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St John's Wood Church is a Church of England parish church in St John's Wood, London. The church is located on Lord's Roundabout, between Lord's Cricket Ground and Regent's Park, and has a Grade II* listing. The parish is in the Archdeaconry of Charing Cross, in the deanery of Westminster St Marylebone.
St John’s Wood Church started life as a chapel of ease to St Marylebone Parish Church, and was constructed in 1814 by Thomas Hardwick, who was simultaneously constructing the current St Marylebone Church. Although the church originally had extensive burial grounds, these were closed in 1855 and opened as a public garden, St. John's Wood Church Grounds, in 1886. In 1898 the building became a chapel of ease to Christ Church on Cosway Street, and increasingly became the centre of administration for the parish.
After bomb damage during the Second World War rendered St Stephen's, Avenue Road unusable, St John's Wood Church became a parish church in its own right in 1952. As well as holding regular services for the community, the church has hosted the wedding of Peggy Cripps to Joe Appiah in June 1953, the blessing of the marriage of Paul and Linda McCartney in 1969, and the funeral of Ursula Vaughan Williams in 2007.
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  • Worth a look while checking out the pretty gardens next door. Also have a look at the St George and dragon monument. Close to Lords and a good way to fill in time before cricket  more »
  • This is a beautiful church in a great location. We came for a wedding and it was wonderful. The church has a great history.  more »
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  • A Georgian grade 2 listed 1814 of neo classical design by Thomas Hardwick. Originally had extensive cemetery that closed in 1855 and reopened as a public gardens 1886. Supposedly haunted sightings of a galloping highwayman and a victorian little girl. In 1823 Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde of the distinguished Devonshire family, was shot on his doorstep in broad daylight by an ex employee J Morland, in a fit of jealousy (his wife still employed there). Bampfylde died after 12 days of the injury. Morland was buried alive with a stake through his stomach at the crossroads outside the front of the church. On the traffic Island infont of the church is a grade 2 listed bronze statue of a mounted St George killing a hapless dragon. A WW1 memorial, on a plinth of portland stone. Unveiled 1930. By the sculptor C L Hartnell. Became a parish in it's own right 1952. Paul and Linda McCartney had their marriage blessings here in 1969. In close proximity to Lord’s Cricket Ground, The Regent's Canal, London Central Mosque, Regent's Park, London Zoo and Lisson Grove. Nearest stations are St John's Wood and Marylebone.
  • Wonderful place well worth a 5 or 10 minute detour on your way to the cricket
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