St Paul the Apostle, Tottenham

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History of St Paul's

Where we're from.

The Consecration of our new church building
from 1977

The present chapter in the life of St Paul’s Church began in the 1970s, when Fr Raymond Avent was Parish Priest. The original church, a ‘Commissioners’ Gothic’ building, was demolished to make way for the present building in the mid 1970s.

The new building is very unusual in that it consists, not only of a Church, Social Club and Clergy accommodation, but also almost forty flats owned by the Metropolitan Housing Association. This was part of Fr Avent’s original vision of a Church that served the community in a particularly practical and tangible way.
While the new building was under construction, the congregation worshipped in our Church School opposite. This was a particular period of growth in the church’s life and the Church registers of the time bear witness to the increase in the size of the congregation. Finally, the new Church was consecrated by the then Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Bill Westwood, in 1977.

There have been a series of parish priests since then and many curates have passed through Tottenham and many look back on their time here with great affection and fulfilment, speaking of the mixture of exhilaration and exhaustion that characterised their time here!There have been further developments in the building since then. Fr Dangerfield added the Millennium Wing, an area of cloister on the south side of the building, which, at one end, serves as an extra chapel and, at the other, as an extension of our Social Club; and the Youth Hall, which, as its name suggests, primarily exists to serve the needs of our young people, especially the Sunday School. Fr Elliott Smith, who left in 2011 added the new principal Altar, which was originally in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.

St Paul's Church, 60 Park Lane, Tottenham, London N17 0JR
(Church of England)