St Mary's, Bryanston Square

St Mary's, Bryanston Square
St Mary's, Bryanston Square
51°31′12″N 0°9′43″W / 51.52000°N 0.16194°W / 51.52000; -0.16194Coordinates: 51°31′12″N 0°9′43″W / 51.52000°N 0.16194°W / 51.52000; -0.16194
Location Bryanston Square, London
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Charismatic evangelical
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Architect(s) Robert Smirke
Groundbreaking 1823
Completed 1824 (1824)
Construction cost £19,955
Parish St Mary, Bryanston Square with St Mark, Marylebone
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Charing Cross
Diocese Diocese of London
Rector The Revd John Peters
Curate(s) The Revd Ben Jones

St Mary's, Bryanston Square, is a Church of England church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Bryanston Square, London. It is also the name of a related Church of England primary school which was founded next to it.[1]


It was built as one of the Commissioners' churches in 18231824 and was designed by Robert Smirke to seal the vista from the lower end of Bryanston Square.[2] It is a brick building, with a stone portico and tower and listed grade I.[3] The church cost £19,955 (equivalent to £1,580,000 in 2015),[4] and the Church Building Commission gave a grant of £14,955 towards this.[5]

Charles John Gardiner, 1st Earl of Blessington, and Margaret Farmer married in the church on 16 February 1818. The church's rector (c.1823–1847) was Thomas Frognall Dibdin, and Samuel Augustus Barnett was introduced to his future wife Henrietta during his curacy there (1867–8).

See also


  1. St Mary's Bryanston Square C of E School
  2. Rhodri Liscombe, "Economy, Character and Durability: Specimen Designs for the Church Commissioners, 1818", Architectural History, Vol. 13. (1970), pp. 43–57+119–127
  3. Images of England: Church of St Mary, Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, Historic England, retrieved 9 May 2010
  4. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. Port, M. H. (2006), 600 New Churches: The Church Building Commission 1818-1856 (2nd ed.), Reading: Spire Books, p. 328, ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4
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