The Parish of Wimbledon

Originally the Parish of Wimbledon was under the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury but Henry VIII transferred it to himself for a short period after the Reformation. Later in exchange for some land, it was given to the Dean and Chapter of Worcester who remain nominally responsible for it and are still associated with the appointment of the incumbent. Today St Mary's Wimbledon is the Mother Church of four other churches, all originally built in the 19th century because of pressure of population. St John the Baptist on Spencer Hill and Emmanuel (a Proprietary church) are still standing. St Mark's in St Mark's Place was rebuilt in 1969 after a disastrous fire and St Matthew's was rebuilt by S. Comper after destruction by bombing during the Second World War. The services differ slightly between the churches so continuing the tradition of trying to meet the needs of all those who live in this locality. They are all part of the Rural Deanery of Merton and of the Diocese of Southwark.