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St Matthias Stoke Newington
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St Matthias Stoke Newington, London N16
51°33′09″N 0°04′46″W / 51.5526°N 0.0794°W / 51.5526; -0.0794Coordinates: 51°33′09″N 0°04′46″W / 51.5526°N 0.0794°W / 51.5526; -0.0794
Location Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Tradition Anglican
Website The Church of England: A Church Near You. 'St Matthias Church Stoke Newington'
Founded 1849
Dedicated 1853 & rededicated 1954
Architect(s) 1/. William Butterfield; 2/. Nugent Cachemaille-Day
Style Free Gothic
Years built 1851-53-83 & c. 1952-55
Parish St Matthias Stoke Newington
Deanery Hackney
Archdeaconry Hackney
Episcopal area Stepney
Diocese Diocese of London
Province Canterbury
Vicar(s) Fr David Lambert (July 2005)
Organist(s) Stephen Jasper BA AMus (September 1987)

'St Matthias Church' is a Grade-1 listed Anglican church in Stoke Newington, north London, England. Since it opened it has been known for its distinctly ‘High Church’ forms of worship.


St Matthias Stoke Newington - west end

The parish of St Matthias Stoke Newington was created in 1849, out of the parish of Stoke Newington and a parcel of 'detached' land belonging to Hornsey parish. The patron of the new parish - responsible for appointing the clergy - was alternately the Crown and the Bishop of London.

The impressive church building was designed by William Butterfield (1814–1900) and completed and consecrated in June 1853. The cost of the building was substantially met by a wealthy local surgeon named Robert Brett (1808–74). Brett was concerned at the flourishing of local Dissenting chapels such as the Newington Green Unitarian Church at the expense of the Established Church whose local buildings simply could not accommodate the area's rapidly growing population.

The building suffered from aerial bombing during the Second World War when all the interior surface decoration, stained glass and furniture was destroyed, as too the brick and stone vaulting of the chancel. The rebuilt church was reopened in 1954. The architect was Nugent Cachemaille-Day (1896–1976).

After the war the patronage of the living was transferred to the Corporation of London.

Description of the current building

St matthias n16 east end

The strongly individual building is of stock brick with Bath stone dressings and slate roofs. The tall nave of five bays has low, pent aisles and alternate octagonal and compound piers. The saddleback crossing tower with its very long bell openings is the most striking feature of the building creating inside a tall chancel arch with half-arches at east end of the aisles. The window tracery is a freely-adapted late Decorated type.

A programme of repairs is ongoing, funded by the parish with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.

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