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Gallery: Churches of North London

by Peter Kessler, 7 February 2010

 

 

Haringey Part 1: Churches of Tottenham

Christ Apostolic Church Kingswell

Since 1984, Christ Apostolic Church Kingswell has used 202-204 Page Green Terrace, Tottenham High Road, just north of South Tottenham railway station. It seems the building was first used as a place of worship in the 1890s, when nearby High Cross Church operated a mission at Page Green. This may have been next door however (on the left here), as this hall was used as the Salvation Army Page Green Tottenham citadel from 1891, registered in 1895.

High Cross Church (United Reformed)

High Cross Church (United Reformed) is on Colsterworth Road, on the north-eastern corner with the High Road. The church was founded largely through the efforts of William John Eales, a wealthy Bruce Grove merchant and a member of Edmonton Congregational Church. Besides hiring a lecture hall for services in 1866 Eales was instrumental in enrolling members for a new church in 1867, and in erecting the church on the High Road opposite High Cross Green.

High Cross Church (United Reformed)

The ambitious building, designed to seat 600, was opened in 1868, and a mission was opened at Page Green. Adjoining property along the High Road was bought in 1907 and exchanged in 1919 for land behind the church, where two temporary halls were put up. A brick memorial hall was opened there in 1929, after the earlier buildings had been moved. The church itself, a Gothic structure of stone with some ornamental brickwork, was altered internally in the late 1930s.

Anglican Parish Church of Holy Trinity Tottenham

The Anglican Parish Church of Holy Trinity Tottenham is on the south-western corner of Phillip Lane and the High Road. The church was built between 1828-1830 to a design by James Savage, modelled on King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It was first consecrated as a chapel for All Hallows, to serve the growing population in the southern end of the parish. The original cost was met by public subscription. The first stone was laid in May 1828.

Anglican Parish Church of Holy Trinity Tottenham

The new chapel, originally opposite Tottenham High Cross (since relocated twenty metres further north), was consecrated on 26 May 1830. The Early English style yellow stock brick church gained its own district chapelry in 1844, and a school was built in front of it. Attendance was poor in 1851 and was denounced as scandalous for so respectable a community in 1879. New seating was provided in July 1906 when the capacity of the church was reduced.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is at 53 Antill Road, immediately east of Holy Trinity. A group of German bakers settled near South Tottenham during the late nineteenth century and secured a pastor from the Lutheran Church in Missouri, USA. The church, combined with a school building, was dedicated in 1901, registered by Lutherans of the unaltered Augsburg Confession in 1923, and reregistered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England in 1948.

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