The Hospital Chapel of St Mary & St Thomas of
Canterbury is on the southern side of Ilford Hill. It was founded
about 1145 by Adelicia (Adeliza), abbess of Barking, as a hospice for
thirteen aged and infirm men. The complex consists of the chapel itself
plus almshouses on each side. The nave and chancel of the present building
were built during the fourteenth century, and the hospital survived the
Dissolution, probably because it also served as a chapel of ease.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
occupies a large plot on the northern side of Audrey Road, and faces
out over the busy Winston Way which bypasses Ilford High Road. The
two-storey building is modern, probably not more than ten years old,
and looks more like an apartment block than a place of worship, with
a large extension into a private car park at the rear. Only the
needlepoint white tower at the southern end gives it any religious
Ilford Methodist Church lies on the
south-west corner of Ilford Lane and Britannia Road. The three
Methodist connections which united in 1932 all had churches in
Ilford, but none of these was directly descended from the original
Wesleyan Chapel in the village, founded about 1817. That
chapel was weakened by the Reform controversy of 1849-1851, which
led to the formation of this rival Ilford Lane United Methodist
Free Chapel, and closed soon after 1863.
The High Road (Wesleyan) Methodist Church
erected an iron building in 1884 and a permanent church in 1895. In
1959 it merged with Ilford Lane, forming a new society called Ilford
Methodist Church, which in 1961 moved into the present building on
Ilford Lane (replacing the 1902 Perpendicular building), while the
High Road church was sold for demolition. Connaught Road (Primitive)
Methodist Church opened an iron building in 1897. In 1936 its
members joined Ilford Lane.
Clementswood Baptist Church is at the
south-west corner of Ilford Lane and Hamilton Road, south of the
Methodist Church. It began about 1903, when a group of Evangelists
met in Loxford Assembly Room, Ilford Lane. In 1904 they moved to a
hall, formally constituted as Kingston Road Tabernacle
in 1906, but were asked to leave in 1907. In 1908 an iron church was
put up on the present site. A permanent church, delayed by the First
World War, opened in 1927.
The Apostolic Church Kingston Road (House of
Prayer) lies on the northern side of Kingston Road, just off
Ilford Lane and behind the shops fronting the lane. Barking
Apostolic Church was established in Linton Road in Barking by
1933, but in 1960 the building was compulsorily purchased for
demolition as part of a municipal development scheme, and the
congregation amalgamated with this one at Ilford, whose building
probably also dates to the 1930s.
The Parish Church of St Luke Great Ilford
lies on the northern side of Baxter Road in the Loxford area of Ilford,
on the southern border of the borough of Redbridge with that of Barking
& Dagenham. The present church was built in 1915, replacing a smaller
church which was then converted into the parish hall (below). It gained
its own parish from St Clement in 1916. The building is of stone and
red brick, designed by E T Dunn in a scholarly Perpendicular style.
It consists of an aisled nave and transepts, but
the cruciform plan was never completed and the chancel remained unbuilt.
In 1940 the church was virtually destroyed during a bombing raid but
was rebuilt in the original style, reopening in 1954. In 1983 the church
was completely reorientated, placing the altar at the west end and creating
a new chapel, meeting rooms, kitchen and toilets at the east end. In 1998,
a donation allowed the church to redecorate the interior.
Jubilee International Church (House of Prayer)
is an Apostolic church which occupies St Luke’s Church Hall on Baxter
Road, immediately west of the church itself. The hall served first as St
Luke's Church itself, being built in 1909, but was replaced in 1915 when
the present church was built. The old church was then converted into the
parish hall. It served again as St Luke's in 1940-1954, when the church
was damaged by enemy bombing and needed to be rebuilt.
The Catholic Church of St Mary & St Erconwold
is on the south-east corner of Ilford Lane and Khartoum Road on the very
edge of Redbridge. The church was opened in 1953 in an iron building
which had previously been used as the Emmanuel Congregational Church
(since 1906). The present building was put up at a later date, although
a date is unavailable. Judging by the architectural style and the bricks
used, it was probably at some point in the 1980s.