All Saints’ Church, Upper Norwood

Mass Times:
Sunday 10am sung Mass
Sunday 6pm said Holy Communion BCP
Tuesday Mass 7.30pm
Saturday 1st in month Mass 10am

Parish Priest
: Father Leonard Marsh Tel: 020 8653 2820

 History of All Saints    

Built: 1827 - 29
Architect: James Savage
Listing: grade 2

The Church of All Saints was built in 1827-29 to the designs of James Savage, and originally served as a Chapel of Ease to Croydon Parish Church. The tower and spire were added in 1841 and the chancel in 1861. The Church was severely damaged by bombing during the Second World War and was restored in 1954. The restoration included the removal of the north and south galleries, the conversion of the south porch into a Baptistery and the replacement of the east windows in the chancel and Lady Chapel.   In 2011 the Church underwent major re-ordering works.  The Church today reflects its Sacramental life, and its Mission in promoting the Gospel message.

The East windows of the church were made by Goddard & Gibbs in 1955 to a design of E. Bosse.
The themes incorporated in the Chancel window are:

Christ as the vine, the Saints as the branches, and Christ reigning in glory. Christ in glory, in the robes of the heavenly High Priest, with the crown, orb and sceptre of a king, occupies the centre light of the window.

The Saints in the North light are St. Michael {the Archangel}, St. Peter, with the keys of the Kingdom, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Thomas à Becket {the martyred Archbishop of Canterbury} and St. Margaret of Antioch.

Those in the in the South light are St. Gabriel {the Archangel}, St. Paul {with his volume of letters and the sword with which he persecuted the Church}, St. John the Baptist, St. Stephen {holding the stones with which he was put to death}, and St. Augustine {the Apostle of England}.

The Lady Chapel windows depict the annunciation of the birth of Christ by the Archangel Gabriel {North light}, the adoration of Christ by the magi {centre light} and the flight of the Holy Family from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape the slaughter of the Innocents {South light}.

Above this window is a smaller window depicting Marys heart {our Lords Mother} being pierced by a sword. {Lukes Gospel Chapter 2 verse 35}

The Window over the West gallery depicts the Ascension of Christ. The small coloured panes in the tops of the nave windows are all that remains of the original, rather dark, stained glass windows, which were otherwise totally destroyed in the war-time bombing. They include traditional symbols of Christ, and the Coat of Arms of the Canterbury Diocese.

Above the West door the window depicts St. Michael the Archangel. Armed and battle ready as defender of earth and heaven against the eternal enmity of the adversary. 

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