Addington: St Mary the Blessed Virgin
Croydon Addington Deanery
Croydon CR0 5AN
Addington Village Road
Croydon CR0 5AS
Parish website: www.addington.org.uk
Details of all Sunday and weekday services and activities may be obtained from the parish contacts
Tradition: Modern Catholic/Central
Patron: Archbishop of Canterbury
Population (2001 census): 11,749
Urban Priority Area: No
Deanery: Croydon Addington
Episcopal Area: Croydon
Diocesan Record Office: Surrey History Centre
St Mary's serves Addington Village, Fieldway in New Addington and Forestdale. It dates from 1080, and has five Archbishops buried in the churchyard.
We have a wonderful choir, and activities for children of all ages including a thriving Youth Club. Other activities include a Julian Prayer Group, the Mothers' Union, and Addington Good Neighbours that provides voluntary help to the local community.
The main service on the third Sunday of each month is more informal and planned specifically for the young people and newcomers.
We are a welcoming congregation dedicated to serving God in the world. Come and visit!
Details of the church
Architect: Unknown/J P St Aubyn
Listing: grade 1
The church, which is mediaeval in origin, has been extensively restored, altered and added to by a succession of architects, including Blore and St Aubyn so that the fabric is now largely Victorian. It consists of the traditional nave, aisles, chancel (C12) and central western tower (1876) with a Victorian vestry added at the west end of the north aisle (1876), south of the chancel.
Five Archbishops of Canterbury are buried here (the Archbishops' residence was nearby Addington Palace) and are remembered in many memorials, decorations and windows around the church. The chancel was richly decorated in 1898 in memory of Archbishop Benson. Other memorials and brasses date from C16-C18.