S. Augustine, Kilburn

  • Kilburn Park Road
  • London
  • NW6 5XB

020 7624 1637
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“In Kilburn Park Road…is the church of S. Augustine, one of the finest ecclesiastical structures in London."

- Edward Walford, Old and New London: Volume 5, 1878

S. Augustine's magnificent Grade I listed building is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. With its soaring vaults and elaborate decoration, it is the ultimate architectural expression of the Catholic Revival of the Church of England. It is a building which, in the words of its architect John Loughborough Pearson, truly 'draws people to their knees'.

Fr Kirkpatrick was already aware of the quality of Pearson’s work from S. Peter, Vauxhall and the Convent of the Community of S. Peter in Mortimer Place. Inspired by Albi Cathedral in southern France and S. Etienne at Caen, the spectacular gothic architecture of S. Augustine’s speaks of the majesty of God. The wall paintings, carving and stained glass windows are lessons in the Faith once delivered to the Saints. The high altar with its lamps and furnishings is a fitting setting for worship in the beauty of holiness.