The Parish Church of St Mark Old Marylebone Road
is on the southern side of Old Marylebone Road, opposite Cabbell Street.
The church was opened in 1872. It closed about 1980 and its parish was
united to St Paul Rossmore Road. The building was used as Old Marylebone
Road United Reformed Church and the Ivory Coast Baptist Church
around 1988, with them seemingly sharing the premises. It now serves as a
chapel of ease to St Mary Bryanston Square.
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church
sits at the south-eastern corner of Old Marylebone Road and Homer
Row. The red-brick modernist church is large enough to seat eight
hundred. It was opened in 1964 by Cardinal Heenan to replace an
older building that was now too small for its growing congregation.
As the church's parish has no schools but one of the highest
concentrations of hotels, many visitors are holidaymakers.
Ulrika Eleonora Swedish Church is at 6
Harcourt Street, on the northern side, midway along this short
street. The church is part of the 'Church of Sweden Abroad', having
opened its first church for the Swedish community in London in
Wapping in 1728. This was replaced by the Ulrika Eleonara in 1911
which also has many fittings from the Wapping church, including
altar and pulpit. The other Swedish church in London is the Seamen's
Church of Rotherhithe.
St Mary Bryanston Square sits at the centre of
the square, overlooking the northern side of Crawford Street - very
close to Oxford Street. It was originally opened in 1824 to serve
the newly-built residential areas of the West End. It was one of the
'Waterloo churches' which were paid for through a government fund
that had been set up in thanks for the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
It re-opened as a Grade I listed building in 2002 after undergoing