Hands together, eyes closed, for St Mary’s

Photo: Geoff Wilkinson

Campaigners and church members who have been trying to keep Wanstead’s historic St Mary’s church open face a crunch meeting today at which the proposal will be considered.

For some reason the Church of England authorities seem intent on ending 800 years of continuous weekly worship on the site at Overton Drive – even though attendance at the church is at or near the average for Anglican churches in England

The members of the church who want to keep it open are hoping that other uses in addition to worship can be found for the church to increase the number of people who come into the building. 


One of the things the campaigners are trying to encourage is filming at the site – recent examples include ITV’s Vanity Fair and the BBC’s Taboo, and also most recently this: