St Mary Acton London Middlesex

W3 9NW

Telegram
QR code
×

St Mary Acton QR code




Who we are

The town of Acton and the Church of St Mary have a long history. The church is first recorded in the early 13th century, so there has been a St Mary’s Church on this site in West London for over 800 years. The present building is Victorian, dating from 1866, and contains some notable stained glass and old memorials.

The church is at the heart of Acton town centre, in the London Borough of Ealing. This is a multi cultural community with diverse peoples and traditions represented. The church continues to offer worship and praise to God and care to the people.

We are an Anglican (Church of England) church and our services are both from the traditional Book of Common Prayer and more modern sources. You are most welcome to come and look around, and would be warmly received at any of our services. If you wish to enquire about baptism, weddings or funerals, please contact the Parish Office.

  Edit




Location of worship

St Mary Acton
1 The Mount - High Street
Acton
London, Middlesex W3 9NW
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 8993 0422
Download St Mary Acton vCard with Service Times
Click here to contact the church   Edit

Church Pastor

Revd Nick Jones
Revd Nick Jones
Rector
1 The Mount - High Street
Acton
London, Middlesex W3 9NW
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 8993 0422
Download Rector Revd Nick Jones vCard with bio
Click here to contact Revd Nick Jones   Edit




Music of the Day

I have found a friend in Jesus


I have found a friend in Jesus, He's everything to me,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll. ...

Denomination

Church of England



The Church of England logo
  Edit

Affiliations

  Edit

Church Website


St Mary Acton on Social Media

  Edit


Leadership

Leader Name:
Revd Nick Jones   Edit
Leader Position:
Rector   Edit
Formal Title:
  Edit
Leader Address:
  Edit
Phone:
Fax:
  Edit
Leader Email:
Click here to contact Revd Nick Jones   Edit
Leader Bio:
Nick Jones took up the post of Rector in September 2015 and is therefore new to St Mary’s and All Saints, Acton and London. Prior to this, he spent five years in the Prison Service as chaplain and manager, working mainly with young offenders, leading a multi-faith chaplaincy team and pioneering the prison’s Restorative Justice provision. Before that, he was vicar in a challenging part of Bradford, West Yorkshire and was co-founder of the children and youth charity, Joshua Project Trust - http://joshuaproject.org.uk. The first ten years of his ordained ministry were spent in Ely Diocese with a curacy in Cambridge city centre and two further posts in rural settings close to the city, one of which included a school chaplaincy. Before ordination, he was a teacher in Cambridgeshire and a missionary lecturer in Northern Nigeria. His passion is for community ministry and mission.   Edit
  Edit
Other Church Leaders:
  Edit

Leadership Photos



Administration

Admin Name:
  Edit
Admin Position:
  Edit
Admin Address:
  Edit
Phone:
  Edit
Fax:
  Edit
Admin Email:
  Edit

Mailing Address

  Edit

Driving Directions to St Mary Acton

A From:
B To:
1 The Mount - High Street Acton, London, Middlesex
Mode of Travel:




Travel/Direction Tips

Buses 07, 207, 266, 427, 440, E3   Edit


Parking

Local Pay & Display   Edit


St Mary Acton Service Times

Sunday:

8.00am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Parish Communion
6.30pm Evensong BCP
(2nd Sunday of each month Holy Communion with prayers for healing)

Thursday:
11.00am Holy Communion BCP

It's been more than 5 years since the last service times update. Please make sure to contact the church to confirm service times.

Please contact the church to confirm Service Times or SUBSCRIBE to updates below
print
PRINT
increase font size
ZOOM
add to calendar
ICAL
subscribe to updates
SUBSCRIBE
  Edit


Share this page:
Telegram
QR code
×

St Mary Acton QR code


Worship Languages

  Edit


Dress Code

  Edit


Sunday School / Children and Youth Activities

Under 12s:
  Edit
Under 18s:
  Edit

Local outreach & community activities

Pensioners Luncheon Club,Over 50's Group,Standing Tall Outreach Music & Arts, Kumon School, Weightwatchers, Acton History Group,135 Playgroup, Flower Club, Townswomens Guild   Edit

Other activities & ministries

  Edit

Special Needs/Accessibility

Disabled ramp and toilet   Edit

Prayers and Hymns

Main Bible:
  Edit
Hymns and Songs:
  Edit


Other information

Average Adult Congregation:
100   Edit
Average Youth Congregation:
50   Edit
Additional Info:
  Edit


St Mary Acton Church London Photos




St Mary Acton History

A church dedicated to St Mary has existed on this site from at least 1231. [It is not dedicated just to ‘St Mary’ but to ‘St Mary of the visitation’ – i.e. the Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1.39)]. The names of the Rectors of St Mary’s are displayed on a board in the church: the first one shown is 'Walter'.

The original church was rebuilt and altered several times over the centuries. Acton's parish church was the scene of turbulence in 1642 at the onset of the English Civil War, when it was damaged by Roundhead soldiers. The font was defaced, windows smashed and the chancel rails taken into the street to be burnt and the majority of the memorial brasses were destroyed. Later that year two Roundhead soldiers were buried in the churchyard, probably having died of wounds from the fighting at nearby Brentford.

The last major rebuild before the present church was built was in 1837. The result, according to the then Bishop of London, was the ugliest church in the diocese! Under the present floor lie the vaults and foundations of that church which, except for the tower, was demolished in 1865. The present church was built over it in 1866 for a larger congregation when the old country village gave place to the present town. The church cost about £8,000 to build. The tower was replaced in 1876.

Inside the nave each sandstone pillar has a different capital carved with birds, animals, foliage and flowers. They cost five pounds each to carve in 1866! To the left of the pillar by the lectern there is a small plate on the wall that gives the dimensions of the chancel of the pre-1837 church as 32’9” by 22’7”. In St Andrew’s Chapel the altar stone of Black Derbyshire marble is thought to date from the fifteenth century. On the wall is a brass to Humphrey Cavell, an Acton lawyer who died in 1558. His is the only old brass remaining in church and one of the few that survived the vandalism of 1642.

At the west end of the church is a monument to the Crayle family. Sarah and Anne Crayle were sisters who left money to charity and each year there is a Crayle Sermon preached in St Mary’s Church. The wooden font was carved by Maoris for the Wembley Exhibition of 1924-1925 but was never claimed by the New Zealand church for which it was intended. On the wall is a black memorial, beautifully restored by the Goldsmiths’ Company, to John Perryn, goldsmith, who died in 1657 in East Acton Manor House. He left a great many bequests including £10 a year for the poor of Acton. To pay for these he left all his lands in East Acton to the Company, who erected the Goldsmiths’ Almshouses in East Churchfield Road in 1811.

High above this is a monument to Elizabeth Barry, one of the most famous actresses of her time. She was the mistress of the Earl of Rochester and is said to have had a child by him. She was buried here in 1713. Below the windowsill is an inscription saying that charity bread was placed there between the gilded sheaves that are on display in the north aisle.

In the corner is another black memorial stone to Mary Skippon, wife of Major-General Skippon, one of Cromwell’s generals. He remained in the army but took no part in politics, preferring a quiet life in Acton House. This did not prevent him being called a ‘Traytor’ in the parish registers after 1660.

In the sanctuary are memorials to other rectors: William Antrobus (1797-1853), John Smith (1853-1859), Charles M. Harvey (1869-1896), G.S. Sausmarez (1896-1924) and Percival Gough (1928-1955). In 1819 William Antrobus paid for a pump to be provided in Acton High Street so that fresh water would be available. The pump is now located outside the west end of the church.

The clock in the tower was installed when the tower was built in 1876. There are eight bells, two of which are dated 1637. The old church had a peal of six bells and a separate bell in the cupola on top of the tower, for striking the hour, dating from 1583. The bell of 1583 was recast in 1877 and together with another new bell was added to make the current peal of eight.

When the church was rebuilt generous gifts both in money and kind were made. Among them were the seven stained glass windows that were already in position when the church was consecrated in 1866. Between then and 1882 eight other windows were added. Each window tells two stories, that shown in the glass and also that of the person who gave it or in whose memory it stands. We are very fortunate that these fine windows survived WWII without damage.

Surrounding the church is a small graveyard, long closed for burials and containing a few old gravestones and memorials. About half a mile away is the Churchfield Road Burial Ground; the latest interment there was in the 1960s. These days local burials are in Acton Cemetery in Park Royal Road, north of central Acton, which opened in 1895. Details of some burials in the Churchfield Road Burial Ground are held in the parish office, but most records are now held in the London Metropolitan Archives. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma

More information on St Mary’s, and other Acton churches, can be found on the Acton History Group website www.actonhistory.co.uk

  Edit


St Mary Acton Historical Photos

The power of Christian prayer "Faith in a prayer-hearing God will make a prayer-loving Christian".
Andrew Murray
St Mary Acton listing was last updated on the 9th of October, 2018
Subscribe to Updates
Please enter the correct information below. Thank you!
Subject:
Message:
Your Name (not required):
Your Email (not required):
This church page is missing service times. Please help this page visitors by submitting St Mary Acton Service Times. Thank you!
Subject:
St Mary Acton service times
Message:
Your Name:
Your Email:
St Mary Acton Contact Form
Subject:
Your Name:
Your Email:
Message:
Subscribe to updates:
check this box to receive an email message when this page has been modified
Subscribe to St Mary Acton updates
Subject:
Subscription to St Mary Acton updates
Your Name:
Your Email:
As soon as St Mary Acton updates this page, you'll be notified by email.
Go to top arrow Go to bottom arrow