Exciting developments are afoot for St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington. The church, between Harrow Road and the Little Venice Canal Basin, is a hidden gem; officially graded the same as the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral!
The church is recognised as a nationally important building (grade 1 listed) for its exceptional Victorian architecture. The Church, Paddington Development Trust and Westminster Council are working on plans to open up the church for the whole community to use and enjoy – for people of all religions and none.
The building will be a centre for arts and performance, somewhere to meet and socialise, whilst retaining its traditional place in the community as a place of worship. There will be a café on the canalside, and disabled access.
Much needs to happen before we get there – not least fundraising! But this month a high profile panel of experts including TV historian Dan Cruikshank have appointed Dow Jones – an award-winning firm of architects – to begin work on designs for the building.
On Saturday 20 November there will be a special event at the church to give local people a preview of what could be possible. Come share a meal and be entertained… come also to meet the architects and tell them what you think! Birds of prey will be flying in the church – rarely seen in central London!! There will also be face painting and the chance to find out the history of the place through guides and film clips showing Westbourne before the demolition of the Victorian streets and the building of the Warwick Estate.
Please note, the Church does not have disability access. Our project will make the church accessible for everyone, but until then it remains as built in the 1860s with 7 steps and a handrail. If this is not manageable for you please contact us, so we can arrange for you to see the plans.
To find out more contact Toby Gale firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7266 8250 or
Fr Henry Everett email@example.com 020 7289 1818.