Altar Frontal William Butterfield © John Salmon

The History, Art and Heritage of St Mary Magdalene Church

 
On these pages you can explore the history, art and heritage that is St Mary Magdalene Church, from the very beginnings to the beautiful church we have today.
 
 

The Founding of the Church looks back to Georgiana Twells' desire to build a church for this area of Enfield and dedicate it to the memory of her late husband, Philip Twells.

The Twells Family, written by Joy Heywood, looks back at this Victorian family

William Butterfield, written by Joy Heywood, is a short biography of the famous Victorian architect of our church along with photos and a video of Dr Ayla Lepine explaining the importance of The Butterfield Altar Frontals. The Oxford Movement, William Butterfield and Georgiana Twells are the subjects of Dr Alaya Lepine's lecture when the Victoria and Albert Museum came to visit.

There are a wealth of stained glass windows in St Mary Magdalene. The Stained Glass Windows page looks at the Nave, the Lady chapel and War Memorial stained glass windows. A specially commissioned stained glass window was added as a War Memorial for those from the parish who lost their lives in the First World War. For the Second World War the parish added two plaques on either side of this window with the names of those who lost their lives in the conflict. The Chancel stained glass windows are included within The Chancel pages.

For details of the Chancel Restoration Project, undertaken in 2012, please see the separate pages on The Chancel which includes photos of the before, during and after the restoration.

Following the stained glass windows there is a selection of Interior Photos of various features around the church including the Minton tiles in the Sanctuary and Chancel and the Lady chapel which was a later addition to the church but, very sympatheticly, adds to the Church's charm.

Clergy History contains a list of the clergy who have ministered in this community, with a few short biographies.

Boris Karloff has tread the boards of our church hall.

We once had a Girl Guides troop associated with St Mary Magdalene, which unfortunately has since disbanded. However, there is an very interesting article describing the group.

The Scouts are still going strong, however, and here is a piece of history about their acquisition of a Scout Hall.

Other History includes photos of past and recent interest.

St Mary Magdalene © John Salmon Philip Twells Memorial  © John Salmon Butterfield Altar Frontals  © John Salmon George Passand Turner Memorial  © John Salmon

The Founding of the Church looks back to Georgiana Twells' desire to build a church for this area of Enfield and dedicate it to the memory of her late husband, Philip Twells.

The Twells Family, written by Joy Heywood, looks back at this Victorian family

William Butterfield, written by Joy Heywood, is a short biography of the famous Victorian architect of our church along with photos and a video of Dr Ayla Lepine explaining the importance of The Butterfield Altar Frontals.

There are a wealth of stained glass windows in the church. A stained glass window was added as a war memorial for those from the parish who lost their lives in the First World War. For the Second World War the parish added two plaques with the names of those who lost their lives in the conflict. This section looks at the Nave stained glass windows, for the Chancel stained glass windows see the section on The Chancel. For details of the Chancel Restoration Project, undertaken in 2012, please see the separate section on The Chancel that includes photos of the before, during and after the restoration.

Following the stained glass windows there is a selection of Interior Photos of various features around the church including The Ladychapel which was a later addition to the church but, very sympatheticly, adds to the Church's charm.

Clergy History contains a list of the clergy who have ministered in this community, with a few short biographies.

Boris Karloff has tread the boards of our church hall.

We once had a Girl Guides troop associated with St Mary Magdalene, which unfortunately has since disbanded. However, there is an very interesting article describing the group.

The Scouts are still going strong, however, and here is a piece of history about their acquisition of a Scout Hall.

Other History includes photos of past and recent interest.

St Mary Magdalene © John Salmon Philip Twells Memorial  © John Salmon Butterfield Altar Frontals  © John Salmon George Passand Turner Memorial  © John Salmon

The Founding of the Church looks back to Georgiana Twells' desire to build a church for this area of Enfield and dedicate it to the memory of her late husband, Philip Twells.

The Twells Family, written by Joy Heywood, looks back at this Victorian family

William Butterfield, written by Joy Heywood, is a short biography of the famous Victorian architect of our church along with photos and a video of Dr Ayla Lepine explaining the importance of The Butterfield Altar Frontals.

There are a wealth of stained glass windows in St Mary Magdalene. The Stained Glass Windows page looks at the Nave, the Lady Chapel and War Memorial stained glass windows. A specially commissioned stained glass window was added as a War Memorial for those from the parish who lost their lives in the First World War. For the Second World War the parish added two plaques on either side of this window with the names of those who lost their lives in the conflict. The Chancel stained glass windows are included within The Chancel pages.

For details of the Chancel Restoration Project, undertaken in 2012, please see the separate pages on The Chancel which includes photos of the before, during and after the restoration.

Following the stained glass windows there is a selection of Interior Photos of various features around the church including The Ladychapel which was a later addition to the church but, very sympatheticly, adds to the Church's charm.

Clergy History contains a list of the clergy who have ministered in this community, with a few short biographies.

Boris Karloff has tread the boards of our church hall.

We once had a Girl Guides troop associated with St Mary Magdalene, which unfortunately has since disbanded. However, there is an very interesting article describing the group.

The Scouts are still going strong, however, and here is a piece of history about their acquisition of a Scout Hall.

Other History includes photos of past and recent interest.

St Mary Magdalene © John Salmon Philip Twells Memorial  © John Salmon Butterfield Altar Frontals  © John Salmon George Passand Turner Memorial  © John Salmon
 

There is also an excellent article by Jacqueline Banerjee that might be of interest on the Victorian Web website about Butterfield and St Mary Magdalene.
Click here to be taken to part 1 and click here for part 2 of the relevant pages.

We hope you enjoy reading the articles on these pages.