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All Saints Notting Hill

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All Saints Notting Hill
Illustration of the interior of the newly completed church in 1866
Location Talbot Rd, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Website All Saints Notting Hill
Founder(s) Samuel Walker
Dedication All Saints
Associated people Walter Passmore
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 29 July 1949
Architect(s) William White, with Sir George Gilbert Scott
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1861
Deanery Kensington and Chelsea
Archdeaconry Kensington
Episcopal area Kensington
Diocese London
Province Canterbury
Priest(s) John Brownsell, SSC
Curate(s) Reginald Duguid, SSC
Deacon(s) Gerd Swensson
Reader(s) Gladvin Allen
 Engraving of William White's design for All Saints, complete with spire
Engraving of William White's design for All Saints, complete with spire

All Saints Notting Hill is a Church of England parish church in Talbot Road, Notting Hill, London. It is a Victorian Gothic Revival stone building with polychromatic decoration. The west tower has five stages with the stump of a spire, and the chancel has paintings by Henry Holiday.[1][2]

The church was badly damaged by enemy action during World War II but was fully restored by 1951. It is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

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Building of All Saints church was begun in 1852 for the Reverend Dr Samuel Walker, to designs by architect William White, working with Sir George Gilbert Scott. The church was to be the centerpiece of the development now known as Colville and Powis Squares. Walker was deeply religious and his vision was for a church without pew rents for the newly built neighbourhood.[4]

Walker ran short of money and was eventually declared bankrupt. The building was left unfinished for several years, lacking a spire, and remaining unfurnished, in which time it was nicknamed "All-Sinners-in-the-Mud".[5]

All Saints was eventually completed in 1861 for The Reverend John Light of Trinity College Dublin, at a cost of £25,000.[6] The spire in White's original designs was never completed.[4]

The tower is 100 feet (30 m) high and is said to resemble the Medieval Gothic Belfry of Bruges, Belgium.[7]

Walter Passmore (1867–1946), a singer and actor best known for his comic baritone roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, was a choirboy at All Saints.[8]

World War II and The Blitz

All Saints suffered serious bomb damage in The Blitz of World War II,[1] along with neighbouring buildings including Pinehurst Court, at 1–9 Colville Gardens. The first bombs fell on 26 September 1940, and the church was hit again in March and June 1944. The Lady chapel and the south transept chapel were destroyed.[4] Restoration work was completed in 1951.[citation needed]


From 1931 to 1961 the vicar was the flamboyant Fr John Twisaday, who established the high church worship tradition at All Saints. The present vicar is Fr John Brownsell SSC,[9] who was inducted in 1976.[citation needed] All Saints' parish is part of the Anglo-Catholic Forward in Faith movement.[10]


  • 1861–85 John Light
  • 1885–96 Robert Trench
  • 1896–1907 Philip Herbert Learyk
  • 1907–31 Herbert Ridley
  • 1932–61 John Herbert Cloete Twisaday
  • 1961–66 John Herbert Brewer
  • 1966–67 John Henry Dixon
  • 1967–74 Peter Clark
  • 1976– John Brownsell


 The west tower in 2011
The west tower in 2011
  1. ^ a b Pevsner 1952, p. 297.
  2. ^ Historic England. "All Saints Church, Clydesdale Road W11 (203704)". Images of England. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "All Saints Church  (Grade II*) (1080701)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Denny 1993, p. 70
  5. ^ Shepherd 1973, pp. 298–332.
  6. ^ "All Saints' Church Notting Hill". The Illustrated London News. 8 September 1866. p. 245. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Mitton 2007, p. 97.
  8. ^ Walters, Michael, ed. (1995). "Gilbertian Gossip". Gilbert and Sullivan Newsletter Archive. Department of Mathematics, Boise State University. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Parish Contacts". All Saints Notting Hill. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Homepage". All Saints Notting Hill. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 


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