St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill
A Church, mission and young people
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Number of Pages: 432
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
St Mary’s is a vibrant London church on the northern edge of Primrose Hill. It is widely known for its fine liturgy and music in the Anglican tradition, its affirmation of women’s ministry, and its pioneering youthwork and social outreach. It was designed by MP Manning and built by Dove Bros of Islington in two stages (1872 and 1892). This book celebrates the church’s 150th anniversary. It draws on previously untapped archives to chart the history of the building and its worshipping community. The book is split into two parts: 1872-1951ranges from the church’s origins in the Boys’ Home in Regent’s Park Road to the period of recovery after the Second World War. It is rich in stories: among them St Mary’s part in the Ritualist controversies of the Victorian church; the near collapse of the building through railway tunnelling in the 1870s; the striking innovations of Percy Dearmer (vicar 1901-1915); and the desperate years of the Blitz in the 1940s. 1952-2022 draws also on the personal memories of today’s congregation, exploring how St Mary’s has become the beacon of hope it is today, and taking stock of its particular place in Christian witness, now and for the future.