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All Saints, Chingford, All Saints, Essex

(51°37′21″N, 0°0′59″W)
Chingford, All Saints
TQ 374 934
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Essex
now Greater London
medieval London
now Chelmsford
  • Isabel Tomlins
  • Ron Baxter
18 Aug 1997

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Chingford is now a town in the London borough of Waltham Forest, situated 10 miles NE of Charing Cross and 4 miles S of Waltham Abbey, although historically it was a rural Essex parish. The 12thc. church was incorporated into a new church with a tower in the late 13thc. Some masonry in the N wall survives from the original church and the altar is constructed of reused 12thc. material. The only Romanesque sculpture is found on a font, which originally belonged to the church, but which is now sited nearby in the church of SS Peter and Paul, Chingford.
The church was reported to be in good repair by 1794, but was neglected after the church of SS Peter and Paul, Chingford, was built in 1844. In 1904 the nave roof collapsed and by 1921 the church was in a ruinous state, the S arcade having fallen and the nave and chancel roofless. The church was fully restored in 1928-30.


The manor of Chingford was held by 1087 by the canons of St Paul's cathedral, and it was assessed at 6 hides.


The church dedication has caused some confusion. Its medieval dedication was to All Saints (1397), but by 1710 it had been changed to St Peter and St Paul. In 1844, when the new church was built, the dedication was transferred, and this church regained its older dedication to All Saints.


Anon., A Practical Guide to Chingford Old Church, 1990

Anon., Chingford Old Church - A Guide, 1990

B. Cherry, C. O’Brien and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 5 East, New Haven and London 2005, 712-13.

J. Cooper, The Church Dedications and Saints’ Cults of Medieval Essex, Lancaster 2011, 121.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Essex, Harmondsworth 1954, 110.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 2: Central and South West (1921), 49-50. This church is erroneously labelled the church of St Peter and St Paul.

Victoria County History: Essex V (1966), 97-114.