Chiswick High Road, London W4
A fine, landmark building on Chiswick High Road, by a well-known and significant Catholic architect, John Kelly. The bell tower was built later, to an amended design by Giles Gilbert Scott. The church has a very good interior, well-proportioned and retaining many original fittings. It makes a prominent and positive contribution to the Turnham Green conservation area.
The present church is on the site of an earlier one built in 1864 for a small local congregation. Its site was enlarged by land donated by the Duke of Devonshire, (whose residence was at Chiswick House was nearby) in response to the need for a larger building to serve the growing Catholic community. It was opened in 1886 by Cardinal Manning. The northeast tower was added in 1930 from designs by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, and was a First World War memorial. Damage was sustained in the Second World War and the church was repaired and internally remodelled by D. Plaskett Marshall in 1953.
The church is oriented south, so all directions given in this description are liturgical.
The church is a striking red brick building consisting of a northeast tower, nave, sanctuary, north and south aisles, St Edward’s Chapel north of the sanctuary, Lady Chapel (south), the former Blessed Sacrament Chapel (south of the latter, now a meeting room), porch and repository (north). For full details about the building and its fittings and furnishings, reference should be made to the very detailed list entry, attached below in section 4.
Architect: John Kelly of Kelly & Birchall; Giles Gilbert Scott; D. Plaskett Marshall
Original Date: 1886
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: II