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.


The Butterfield Altar Frontals includes photos and a video of Dr Ayla Lepine explaining the importance of these tapestries.


There are a wealth of stained glass windows in the church. This section looks at the Nave stained glass windows, for the Chancel stained glass windows see the section on the Chancel.


Following the stained glass windows there is a  selection of interior photos of various features around the church


The Ladychapel was a later addition to the church but, very sympatheticly, adds to the Church's charm.


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


There is a Guidebook available.


An Ariel photo from 1921 shows St Mary Magdalene from a very different angle.


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 aquisition of a Scout Hall.


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.


Our thanks goes to The Enfield Society for the superb image of the Windmill with St Mary Magdalene.


For details of the Chancel Restoration Project that was undertaken in 2012 please see the separate section on The Chancel that includes photos of both the before and after the restoration.


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.

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Welcome to Saint Mary Magdalene, Enfield.