St Anselm, Hatch End
Place: Hatch End
Parish Priest: Vacant
Address: Westfield Park
Tucked away in Westfield Park, the grounds of this lovely Victorian Church once stretched down to the busy Uxbridge Road, but now it cannot be seen from the main road and visitors sometimes have difficulty in finding the church. They are surprised to discover such an impressive neo Gothic building hidden from view which features Whitefriars stained glass windows, a unique (and at first, controversial,) carved oak rood chancel screen and a magnificent Willis organ.
The coming of the railway in the 1830’s and the opening of The Royal Commercial Travellers School contributed to the growth of the small farming community that had previously been Hatch End. The site was donated by Mr Thomas Blackwell of the Crosse and Blackwell family and with gifts totalling £7000, the church was completed in 1895. Having previously been a stipendary curacy under the Vicar of Pinner, Hatch End became a parish in its own right.. The West window incorporates a piece of clear ruby glass brought from a shattered window in Ypres Cathedral during World War I by a chorister.