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St Elizabeth of Portugal Church
St Elizabeth of Portugal Church, Richmond, London
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51°27′27″N 0°18′12″W / 51.4576°N 0.3034°W / 51.4576; -0.3034Coordinates: 51°27′27″N 0°18′12″W / 51.4576°N 0.3034°W / 51.4576; -0.3034
Location 2A The Vineyard, Richmond, London TW10 6AQ
Country England, United Kingdom
Denomination Catholic Church
History
Founded c.1790
Dedication Elizabeth of Portugal
Architecture
Architect(s) Thomas Hardwick
Years built 1824–1903
Specifications
Materials yellow and red brick
Administration
Parish Richmond
Deanery Mortlake
Episcopal area South West Pastoral Area
Diocese Archdiocese of Southwark
Province Southwark
Clergy
Priest(s) Father Stephen Langridge
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name Church of St Elizabeth of Portugal
Designated 24 December 1968
Reference no. 1261982

St Elizabeth of Portugal Church is a Grade II listed Roman Catholic parish church in The Vineyard, Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. It is adjacent to The Vineyard Life Church. Dedicated to a 14th-century queen consort of Portugal, it claims to be oldest standing Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Southwark.

History

The church dates from the 1790s. The present building in yellow and red brick, which is Grade II listed and dates from 1824, was the gift of Elizabeth Doughty. It was designed by Thomas Hardwick. A gallery was added in 1851. The chancel, presbytery and tower were rebuilt in 1903 according to plans drawn up by the architect Frederick Walters. The representations of the Stations of the Cross around the nave were designed by Don Pavey in the 1950s and painted by Jo Ledger.

Famous worshippers at the church include ex-King Manoel II of Portugal in the early 20th century.

Events

Marriages

  • Phil Lynott, rock musician, married Caroline Crowther, daughter of British comedian Leslie Crowther, on 14 February 1980
  • Barbara Dickson, singer-songwriter and actress, married Oliver Cookson, TV producer, in August 1984

Funerals

  • Phil Lynott, rock musician (1949–1986), on 9 January 1986

Current activities

The parish priest is Father Stephen Langridge. Mass is held daily. Other activities are listed in the church's weekly newsletter.

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