St Saviour's Church and Institute, Old Oak Road, Acton, London, for the Royal Association in Aid of the Deaf and Dumb: the east end from the gallery
|Architect/Designer||Maufe, Sir Edward Brantwood (1883-1974)|
|Subject||Vicarages ; Halls ; Churches|
SOURCE: Architectural Review, 1925 December, p. 231 NOTES: The Royal Association in Aid of the Deaf and Dumb (later the Royal Association for Deaf People) began in 1854. Their first purpose-built deaf church, at Oxford Street and Lumley Street, opened in 1873 to designs by A. W. Blomfield. This church was demolished in 1923 in the face of redevelopment by the Grosvenor Estate and the compensation paid enabled the charity to purchase two new sites, in Acton and Clapham, and they commissioned Edward Maufe who provided two very similar sets of designs for the new churches. The Acton church retained the dedication and some of the fittings from the Oxford Street church. The institute is on the ground floor with the church above it with a raked floor. The church and institute building (but not the former, and much altered, chaplain's house) is listed Grade II. The church closed in 2014 and was sold in 2015; it opened in 2016 as St Thomas Cathedral in the Syriac Orthodox Church.
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