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Christ Church Barnet, is a Church of England church in St Albans Road, Chipping Barnet.

Christ Church Barnet
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Christ Church
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Heritage designationGrade II
ParishChrist Church Barnet
DeaneryCentral Barnet
Episcopal areaEdmonton
Vicar(s)Andy Rimmer
First World War wall monument


The church was built between and 1845 and 1852 and designed by George Gilbert Scott.[1][2] It has been grade II listed on the National Heritage List for England since November 1982.[1]

William Pennefather (1816-1873), the leading evangelist and author of several well-known hymns, was vicar here from 1852 to 1864, just after the village had been linked to central London by train. During those years the vicarage at Christ Church was a recognised centre of the evangelical movement.[3]


The parish of Christ Church Barnet was founded in 1845 to serve the rapidly expanding population of High Barnet as a daughter church to St Giles Church, South Mimms, in the neighbouring Diocese of St Albans. It is one of the most northerly parishes on the edge of the London Diocese following boundary changes in 1965 when the church was transferred to the Edmonton area.[4] Christ Church is not typical of a London parish since it is surrounded on two sides by parishes in the Diocese of St Albans. While on the one hand it is part of a typical commuter town, having access to links into and around London (being on the end of the Northern Line and close to a number of arterial roads – M25, A1M, M1), the major part of the land use is rural, made up of fields and green space (with three working farms and three golf courses).[5] The populated part of the parish is in the High Barnet Ward and has a population of 4,750, made up of more than 3,000 residences, most of which are owner occupied.[6] The parish is served by the Spires shopping centre, a public library, a market and three schools:[7]

  • Christ Church JMI School
  • Foulds Primary School
  • Queen Elizabeth Boys secondary school


The church's cemetery is on the opposite (western) side of St Albans Road, a short distance to the north, and contains a number of war graves.[8] A memorial to former pupils of Barnet Boys School who died in the Second Boer War stands near the church.[9] There is also a wall monument to deaths in the First World War, inside the church.



  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Christ Church (1064856)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2017
  2. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 17th October 2018.
  4. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 17th October 2018.
  5. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 17th October 2018.
  6. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 17th October 2018.
  7. ^ Christ Church Barnet. Retrieved 17th October 2018.
  8. ^ BARNET (CHRIST CHURCH) BURIAL GROUND. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  9. ^ Historic England, "Barnet Boer War Memorial (1444997)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 June 2017

External linksEdit

  Media related to Christ Church, Barnet at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°39′31″N 0°12′16″W / 51.6587°N 0.2044°W / 51.6587; -0.2044