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St Mary's, Bryanston Square is a Church of England church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Bryanston Square, London, just a five minute walk from any of Marylebone, Baker Street or Edgware Road tube stations. It is also the name of a related Church of England primary school.

It was built as one of the Commissioner's Churches in 1823-4 and was designed by Robert Smirke to seal the vista from the lower end of Bryanston Square.[1] It is a brick building, with a stone portico and tower and listed grade I.[1]

Charles John Gardiner, 1st Earl of Blessington and Margaret Farmer married here 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.

Current church history

The church has grown to over 1400 people and the average age is somewhere around 26. The congregation began to meet in July 97 at St Paul's Onslow Square knowing that they would have to find a permanent home with the help of the church authorities. With the active support of the Bishop of London the church decided to come together with the existing congregation of St Mary's in Marylebone.

Notes

  1. ^ Rhodri Liscombe, "Economy, Character and Durability: Specimen Designs for the Church Commissioners, 1818", Architectural History, Vol. 13. (1970), pp. 43-57+119-127

Coordinates: 51°31′12″N 0°9′43″W / 51.52°N 0.16194°W / 51.52; -0.16194


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