Church of the English Martyrs, Prescott Street, Stepney E1 - Tower Hamlets

A town church by EW Pugin with rich internal decoration, completed after his death in 1875 by his brothers. It replaced an earlier mission set up in 1864. The high altar was re-ordered in 1930 as a shrine to the English Martyrs. Bomb damage in 1940 destroyed the pulpit. The nave roof has been re-slated but the church has various defects, including stone decay to the belfry, leaking aisle roofs, poor rainwater goods, and unresolved dampness which is damaging internal decorations. The church is investigating sources of funding for repairs.

Church of the English Martyrs, Prescott Street, Stepney E1 - Tower Hamlets
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Site Details

  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1241734
  • Local Planning Authority: Tower Hamlets
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of the English Martyrs
  • Street Name: Prescott Street
  • Postcode: E1
  • Locality: Stepney
  • County: Greater London
  • District / Borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Bethnal Green and Bow
  • Region: London

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade II

Contact Details

Ian Harper 020 7973 3786

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England