Welcome to the Church of Saint Saviour
St Saviour’s is a striking, angular and soaring 1976 brick church adjacent to Warwick Avenue underground station. Its hexagonal interior is light and welcoming, providing a fantastic setting and focus for mass and worship.
History of the building
The current brick structure replaced a vast gothic structure made of Kentish rag stone and built around 1855, by Thomas Little architects for the princely sum of £12,140. It also contained later contained two 31” bells, made by Mears in Stainbank in 1876, to replace the original small bell.
This old building was demolished in 1972 and it was replaced by a contemporary brick structure, designed by Michael Biscoe, of (then) Biscoe and Stanton architects. The original church was deemed too large for its 1960’s congregation and it was proposed that the new design for the site accommodate a block of flats at the rear of the new development.
Suggestions by the Paddington Waterways & Maida Vale society to maintain the church’s original tower were reportedly ignored. A vertical feature it was felt was desperately needed in the area as Warwick Avenue is one of the broadest streets in London.
The church construction was completed in 1976, but by that time, one of the original bells was damaged in an attempted theft. The last remaining bell was hung, and chimed electronically, in the new fiberglass spire.
What’s it like at St Saviour’s
St Saviour’s has two services on a Sunday morning. At both we offer a friendly, whole-hearted welcome.
The 8 o’clock, which is particularly well attended by our young families, is a traditional, short said Mass (according to the Book of Common Prayer).
The 11 o’clock is a relaxed Mass with hymns, using modern catholic liturgy. Our congregation is very diverse, from all cultural backgrounds and ages, and our worship is enhanced by two cantors and a thriving team of young servers.
At each mass our Sunday School welcomes children from nursery age to Year 6. Baptised Christians of all denominations are welcome to receive Holy Communion, and those who are not are encouraged to receive a blessing. And good coffee and refreshments are served after each service.