Film of St Mary’s renovations produced for National Lottery Heritage Fund

Screenshot-2020-06-16-at-12.05.04St Mary’s Church was consecrated on 24 June 1790, by the Rt Revd Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London

A 30-minute film documenting the renovation of St Mary’s Church in Wanstead was released last month.

“Filmed by members of Eastside Community Heritage Group and edited by local filmmaker Mark Coleman, the documentary tracks the renovations of the Overton Drive building in 2018 and 2019 – made possible by a grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund – and talks with the parish’s conservation architect, Ian Angus, the designer of the Bishop Edmund King chapel in Oxford, Niall McLaughlin and leading church historian Rev Professor Mark Chapman as they tried to identify what was in the design brief Thomas Hardwick might have been handed when he was appointed architect for the current building at the end of the 18th century,” said a church spokesperson.