St Mary Magdalene, East Ham, is one of many buildings across London opening its doors this weekend as part of Open House London 2013 www.openlondon.org.uk.
The historic Church will be open on Saturday (20th) between 10am-4pm offering a warm welcome and guided tours as well as refreshments.
Open House London is described as the capital’s greatest architectural showcase and over the weekend of 21 & 22 September 2013 many buildings will attract record numbers of visitors.
The Open House website explains: “Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.”
East Ham's old Parish Church is a building of immense archaeological interest. It stands in solemn grandeur amid the rush and turmoil of modern life, as a silent witness to the stability and continuity of the Christian faith in east London.
It is the oldest Norman church in London that is still in weekly use and has a 9½ acre churchyard which is now managed as a nature reserve by the London Borough of Newham and Community Links.