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  • 5.0 star rating
    6/4/2011
    First to Review

    St Mark's a friendly Anglican church, just a stone's throw from Wimbledon rail and underground station. The church itself is of modern design, built in 1968-9 to designs by Humphrys & Hurst in association with David Nye, to replace a late Victorian church. Very unusually for a church, it is pentagonal in layout, with five large concrete arches meeting at a central point to give a spacious tent-like interior, incorporating a roof-top lantern. The walls are pierced by rectangular windows filled with vibrantly coloured modern glass, which are meant to depict the creation (look carefully and you can see fish, whales and planets). Although very much of its time, it works well as a worship space: worship is effectively in the round, with a large sanctuary (and the longest altar I've ever seen) surrounded by pews on three sides. The church also has a small chapel, and plenty of rooms for meetings, as well as a church hall (available for hire) and an attractive lawned area at the rear. Worship is in a modern, liberal Catholic tradition (but no incense), and attracts a friendly congregation. There is a creche and a Sunday School for children, and there is a youth group for those aged 13-18.

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