The current church of St Mary’s Leyton stands on a plot of ground which has been dedicated to Christian worship for around a thousand years. The site is mentioned in the Domesday Book of William the Conqueror and Anglo-Saxon foundations have been found. We, the living church, at St Mary’s feel privileged to worship God in a place where countless others have stood to worship God down the centuries.
We are very proud of the heritage of this church – a grade II* listed building – and want to share this with the local community. Every year we have many enquiries from people all over the world wanting to trace the graves of their ancestors and historians come to see the Hickes Memorial chapel. In the last few years we have had requests from film makers to use the inside and outside of the church and graveyard in their productions.
We have also a large number of photographs, paintings and documents about the church and Leyton that have been lovingly curated and cared for by Mrs Pat Gough, a long standing member of the congregation.
This church is a hidden gem in Leyton, rich in history, active still in service to the community and deserves to be known better. Through this booklet we hope you will discover more about the rich heritage and history of St Mary’s.