St. Leonard’s is a member of the Church of England and stands on a site at the heart of Streatham where Christians have worshipped for over 1,000 years. Parts of the present building date from the 14th century (e.g. the church tower), and others from the Georgian era (e.g. the 19th century nave and chancel).
The ancient church yard contains several Grade II listed monuments, and other distinguished, monuments. Samuel Johnson was a regular visitor to the church when he visited his wealthy friends, the Thrales, who are buried in our crypt. Jane Austen is also thought to have visited and worshipped here.
St. Leonard’s is, as it has been for centuries, the one constant and enduringly beautiful element in the Streatham environment. The church building makes an essential and irreplaceable contribution to the spiritual and social well-being of the community. It was badly damaged by fire in 1975 but was rebuilt to become the light and airy space it is now, used by a number of community and special interest groups. We are open every day to provide some space for individuals seeking peace and quietness away from the intense activity of Streatham High Road (one of the busiest road junctions in southwest London).
The building caters for all of these activities in a unique and valuable way, owing to its unusual architecture, location and historical role.
About the redevelopment
We are a registered charity (1131422) who are currently fundraising to redevelop and refurbish the church to provide modern facilities which will allow us to continue our work with community groups in Streatham. We have already received initial support of £28,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help progress our plans and, if we can raise just over £100,000 by December 2017, HLF will award us £221,600 for our roof an disabled access.
Our fundraising work involves our community and congregation, and also a number of trusts who may provide support to communities like ours who require their help to be able to go on operating and providing a place for all those who want to use our space – for worship, meetings, comfort or recreation.
The redevelopment work will include repairs to the roof; improvements to the light and sound within the church; improvements to the catering facilities and amenities; and most importantly, improvements to access points to the church, including wheelchair ramps.
A full description of the work we intend to carry out can be viewed on our Plans page.