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St Mary Mother of God Catholic Church is
on the southern side of Hornchurch Road, opposite Holy Cross Church
(below) in Hornchurch. There are a few references to Hornchurch recusants
in the late sixteenth century, and only a few more in the next two centuries.
The church, which serves north-west Hornchurch, was built in 1931 and
consecrated in 1933. A parish was formed for east Hornchurch in 1955,
and the Church of The English Martyrs was opened for it.
Holy Cross Hornchurch watches over the north-eastern
corner of Hornchurch Road and Park Lane on this gently rising road. The church
originated in 1920, when a hut which was formerly a chapel in the army camp at
Grey Towers was re-erected at the corner of Malvern Road and Park Lane to serve
as a mission church. A new parish, taken from that of St Andrew, was formed in
1925, and a permanent church was built on a new site, the present one, in 1933.
Havering Well Presbyterian Chapel stood at Roneo
Corner, on the northern side of Rush Green Road, opposite Upper Rainham Road
in Romford. First mentioned in 1691, by 1698 a large meeting house with
graveyard existed. Romford Independent Church then took over and it became
the Independent Meeting House. In 1819 it was demolished and the
materials were used for Union Chapel. In 1973, a third of the graveyard
fell victim to road widening.
Bethel Independent Chapel stood approximately
on what is now a green, lying between South Street (formerly Hornchurch
Lane) and Rush Green Road, flanked to the west by Rom Valley Way. The
chapel appears to have originated in 1792 when the house of Hannah Gray
was registered for worship nearby. The chapel was built in 1796. Friendly
relations with Collier Row Lane Church saw Bethel unite with it in 1819.
After the building of Union Chapel in 1823, Bethel was sold.
Grenfell Hall Methodist Church stood on the
western side of Grenfell Avenue, opposite 21 Grenfell Avenue. The church
originated in the early 1930s with meetings in private houses. A site was
donated by Thomas England, the estate developer, and a two-storey church was
opened in 1936. Although it is hard to be sure, it seems it may have ceased
either in 1974 or 1989. The hall was then demolished and within a decade
apartment housing had been built on the site.
St Augustine of Canterbury Rush Green is at the
north-western corner of Rush Green Road and Birkbeck Road. The church
originated in 1946 as a mission for St Andrew Romford. In 1948 a hut was
erected on the present site, and in 1953 a conventional district was formed.
The dual-purpose church was built in 1958, and a hall was added in 1965. A
separate parish, taken from those of St Andrew, St Peter & St Paul
Dagenham, and Holy Cross (above), was formed in 1969.
Rush Green Gospel Hall stands on the northern
side of Birkbeck Road, close to West Road. The double hall seems all to
have been built at the same time, opening in 1935. It was one of five
Brethren halls opened in Romford. Ingrave Hall, Ingrave Road, was
apparently taken over from Romford Town Mission about 1933. The others
were Collier Row Hall, Rise Park Hall (later to become a chapel), Pettits
Lane North, and the Carlisle Room, Carlisle Road in Romford.
Romford Cemetery Chapels stand within the
grounds of the cemetery which runs a good distance along the southern
side of Crow Lane, to the south-west of Romford itself, on the
eastern edges of Becontree. The site was originally named Crow
Lane Cemetery and the first burial took place in 1871. Allotment
grounds and fields still stood to the south of it in 2010. One of
the Gothic chapels is for Anglican funerals while the other services
those of nonconformist groups.
St Agnes Hall & Church stands close to
the south-eastern corner of Jutsums Lane and Jutsums Avenue. The small
wooden-framed church was opened as a hall in 1928 with a small sanctuary
attached. Improvements were made in 2004 when the building was redecorated
throughout. It continues to serve the spiritual needs of the area and mass
is celebrated each Sunday, but it apparently remains a chapel of ease to
the parish church of St Edward the Confessor.
Mawneys Baptist Church stands on the western
side of Pretoria Road, located just below the bend as the road heads to
the north. It was founded in 1910, when Salem Church in Romford opened
it as the Pretoria Road Mission. The original iron hall was replaced
by a brick building in 1928, and a separate church was formed in 1931. By
2010 the brick building apparently remained, converted to a dwelling, while
housing had been built on the rest of the small site.