The Methodists in Grange Park are proud to worship in a striking Art Deco building built and opened on June 18th 1938. The architect was Charles H Brightiff A.R.I.B.A.
Art Deco began in Europe but by 1939 there were examples in every continent and almost every city. The inter-war period saw development of large areas of suburbia and Grange Park was one such area.
Art Deco was not a style much associated with religious building, because the 20s and 30s were not a period of church expansion. However in a series of books written by Arthur Mee about the English way of life and the English people entitled ‘The King’s England’ the volume about Middlesex reads;
‘At Grange Park there is a fine church building built by the Methodists called THE CHURCH IN THE ORCHARD’. The site was once an orchard and an apple tree carved in stone above the entrance reminds us of that.
..A quote from Pevsner “Architectural Guides London North” says’ A striking Art Deco building on a corner site; brick built with square buttresses, a square West tower and rectangular windows in emphatic surrounds. The plain cubic forms relieved by stone carving of a Tree of Life over South and North doorways. Attractive and consistent interior; with gently ramped nave, ceiling with undulating profile, pretty pierced timber screens above the transepts and lower east end. The windows all with geometric patterns of yellow glass.
The Church has Sunday Morning services each week at 11.00am and is open every Wednesday for visits between 10.00am and 11.30am. Classical concerts are held monthly during the spring, summer and autumn, everyone is welcome.