Emmanuel Parish Church, Leyton lies
on the corner of Hitcham Road and the extremely busy Lea Bridge
Road. The church originated about 1902, when mission services were
first held in Sybourn Street school in connection with All Saints
Church. In 1906 a temporary brick church which was designed by
Eustace Corrie Frere was built at the junction of Lea Bridge Road
and Hitcham Road, on the current site which was donated for the
purpose by Sir Courtenay Warner.
Around 1920, Emmanuel became a mission district,
and in 1934-1935 the permanent church was built beside the temporary
one, with aid from local Masonic lodges. The building was very much
a product of the thirties, designed by M Travers and T F W Grant,
and is of red brick, in a simple Tudor style on the outside, while
the interior comprises a chancel, aisled nave, Lady chapel, and
vestries. Emmanuel gained its own parish out of All Saints in
The Bloxhall Institute is on the road of
the same name, just a couple of hundred metres south of Emmanuel
Church. When Sir Courtenay Warner gifted the church their site for
Emmanuel Parish Church, he also donated another site on Bloxhall
Road for the purpose of building the institute, a mission which was
erected in 1912 and which was run by Emmanuel in collaboration with
All Saints Church. The Bloxhall institute closed around 1956 and was
sold in 1959.
The Church of St Catherine & St Paul
(The Cornerstone) is in the Forest district of Leyton, wedged
between Leytonstone to the south and Upper Walthamstow to the north,
with the beginnings of Epping Forest to the east in the form of
Wansted. A very modern building which is sited on the corner of
Essex Road and Canterbury Road in the streets behind Whipps Cross
Hospital, it is a little hard to see a church in its multifunctional
The Mary Fletcher Memorial Church sat at
the north-west corner of High Road Leyton and James Lane (now
Fletcher Lane), a few metres from Leyton Midland Road Station.
Usually known as the Wesleyan Church and School, it was
erected in 1877. The design was Gothic, by G Marshall, using Kentish
rag and Bath stone. A permanent Sunday school was opened in 1902,
but the church closed in 1969 and the site was cleared in 1971 for
a petrol station and store.
The Barclay Christian Centre is at the
north-west corner of Leyton High Road and Canterbury Road, in front
of the bus garage. It was founded before 1885 by J G Barclay of Knotts
Green, in a small hall built onto the gardener's lodge at Leyton Green.
Around 1896 a London City missioner was placed in charge and in about
1898 the hall was given over to the London City Mission. In 1907 the
present hall opened, designed by E Frere. It is still in use today.