All Saints' Church, Isleworth facts for kids
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All Saints in the early 19th century
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Previous denomination||Roman Catholicism|
|Heritage designation||Grade II|
|Designated||15 June 1951|
Its 14th century Kentish ragstone tower and foundations are the only pre-20th-century parts to survive. It faces the Thames before Church Street skirts away from the river to pass Syon Park. The parish itself is pre-Norman. A vicar replacing its rector is recorded in 1290 in records associated with Syon Abbey who gave his family £2 and a new robe each year and daily meat and drink at the upper table in the abbey hall, while his servant was to be fed at the grooms' table. The patron of the church became the trustees of St George's Chapel, Windsor due to the dissolution of the monasteries. By the end of the 17th century, Sir Christopher Wren was approached to draw architect's plans for a new body of a much-dilapidated building. His project was deemed too expensive until 1705 when Sir Orlando Gee (MP) of Syon Hill in the parish, commemorated in a Francis Bird marble monument, left £500 by Will towards the work. This sum, combined with funds raised through subscriptions, meant that the work, with modifications took place 1705–06.
Marmaduke Overend (music theorist and organist) served as organist from 1760 to 1790. In 1943 a large fire, started by two boys who a few days later set fire to Holy Trinity Church in Hounslow, led to complete internal reconstruction in lighter materials. The inner body of the present church was built in 1970 employing architect Michael Blee who designed much of Douai Abbey and glazier Keith New, retaining the 15th-century stone tower. The Grade II* listed church won a Civic Trust award in 1973.
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