St Mary Abbots is a church located on Kensington High Street and the corner of Kensington Church Street in London W8.For St Mary Abbots Church and beyond, use our London trip tool to get the most from your London vacation.
The present church structure was built in 1872 and designed by the celebrated architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, combining neo-Gothic and early-English styles. This edifice remains noted for having the tallest spire in London and is the latest in a series on the site since the beginning of the 12th century.
The church is listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England.
Sir Aubrey de Vere was a Norman knight who was rewarded with the manor of Kensington, among other estates, after the successful Norman Conquest. Around 1100, his eldest son, Godfrey (great-uncle of Aubrey, 1st Earl of Oxford), was taken seriously ill and cared for by Faritius, abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary at Abingdon. After a period of remission, Godfrey de Vere died in 1106 aged about 19.
St Mary Abbots Church Reviews
St Mary Abbots is a very old and historical site. Roman Catholic Church located in very busy area, yet so peaceful and quiet. Beautiful architecture and grounds. We were able to sit, pray, reflect... more »
It was a piano concert going on at this church so we stepped in to sit down and listen for a while it is a beautiful church more »
Magnificent place of peace and quiet just off the very busy High Street. There's a lively school next door and the sounds of children playing nearby gave a sense of life and modernity. The church is well kept and impressive.
Grade II Listed, this rubble-stone and ashlar Victorian High Gothic church attributed to George Gilbert Scott (1872). This is a formidable building. An imposing large carved (stained-glass) window on the western front, a narrow aisled nave with the pulpit, some monuments and accoutrements preserved from previous incarnations. Isaac Newton, a former parishioner here. An active community.
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