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Compiled from research by
John Blake and Richard Chapman,
Barking and District Historical Society
September 2015

1935   April 13th

Permanent church consecrated  by the Bishop of Chelmsford. The old mission church became the hall of the new church.


Tom Buckley appointed organist;  a post he held until 1959.

1935  September 15th

First wedding in the new  church took place between Percy Victor Pedder of 1096, Green Lane and Ada Georgina  Palmer of 1094, Green Lane.

1936  December 25th

The organ from Ram's Chapel first used. It had been transferred the previous year along with Sacramental Plate (including the 18th century flagon). A memorial tablet to those members of the chapel  who died in the Great War was also transferred.

1937  February 20th

Service to mark the re-dedication  of the Organ, Sacramental Plate and endowments in the presence of representatives of the congregation and Trustees of Ram’s Chapel.

1938  September

Hartley Brook appointed  vicar of Braintree.

1939  January

Rev. V. Norman Cooper appointed vicar.

1940  September

The church magazine reported  that St. Mary’s Flower and Vegetable Show was interrupted by "numerous air raids" that compelled parishioners to take cover in their Anderson Shelters.


An incendiary bomb caused  minor damage to the church.

1945  May

Rev. Tom Anscombe of Lenton, Notts appointed  vicar following the departure of Rev. Cooper.

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