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, and other distinguished, monuments. Both Samuel Johnson and Jane Austen are known to have worshipped in the church.
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.
The church is used by a number of community and special interest groups and is frequently visited by 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 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 to help progress our plans – read more about that award here.
This 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.