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St Edmund of Canterbury, Whitton
Roman Catholic Church of St Edmund of Canterbury, Whitton Parish, Twickenham
Location St Edmund's Lane, 213 Nelson Road, Whitton TW2 7BB
Country England, United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website http://www.rcdow.org.uk/whitton/
History
Founded 1934 (parish); 1935 (original church)
Founder(s) The Edmundite Fathers (Society of Saint Edmund)
Dedication St Edmund of Canterbury (1175–1240)
Consecrated 19 September 1972
Architecture
Architect(s) F. X. Velarde; completed by Richard O'Mahony for the F. X. Velarde Partnership
Years built 1961-63
Groundbreaking 19 May 1962 (foundation stone)
Specifications
Materials Reinforced concrete frame beneath an exterior of light golden rustic bricks
Administration
Parish Whitton
Deanery Upper Thames
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster
Clergy
Priest(s) Rev Nigel Griffin

The Catholic Church of St Edmund of Canterbury is a Roman Catholic church in Nelson Road, Whitton, Richmond-upon-Thames, London. It is part of the Upper Thames Deanery of the Diocese of Westminster. It is dedicated to Edmund Rich (also known as Saint Edmund or Eadmund of Canterbury, and as Saint Edmund of Abingdon) (1175–1240), who was a 13th-century Archbishop of Canterbury.

The congregation was established by the Edmundite Fathers, who acquired land in 1934 and converted existing structures on the property into a chapel for worship. A permanent church was built in 1937 but destroyed by German bombing on 29 October 1940, during the Blitz. The current church was completed in 1963 and consecrated in 1972.

In 1988, the Edmundites withdrew to the United States, and the parish has since been staffed by diocesan clergy.

Building

The current church building, constructed between 1961 and 1963, to replace the original building dating from 1935, was designed by F. X. Velarde and completed for the F. X. Velarde Partnership by Richard O'Mahony.

The aumbry for oils is by David John, but the font by the same designer is no longer there.

Services

Mass is held every morning and also on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Communications

The church publishes a weekly newsletter, St Edmund's Chronicle.

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