Jesuit Church of The Immaculate Conception Farm Street, London

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The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, also known as Farm Street Church, is a Roman Catholic parish church run by the Society of Jesus in Mayfair, central London. Its main entrance is in Farm Street, though it can also be accessed from the adjacent Mount Street Gardens. Sir Simon Jenkins, in his book England's Thousand Best Churches, describes the church as "Gothic Revival at its most sumptuous".HistoryFoundationIn the 1840s, when the Jesuits first began looking for a location for their London church, they found the site in a quiet back street. They found it in what was in fact the mews in a back street. The name 'Farm Street' derives from 'Hay Hill Farm' which, in the eighteenth century, extended from Hill Street eastward beyond Berkeley Square. In 1843 Pope Gregory XVI received a petition from English Catholics for permission to erect a Jesuit Church in London and plans were accepted.ConstructionThe original intention of the Superior of the English Jesuits, Fr Randal Lythgoe, was for the church to have a capacity for 900 people. When this was found too expensive the church was built for a capacity of 475. The cost was £5,800 which came from multiple private benefactors.In 1844 the foundation stone was laid by Fr Lythgoe. Because of the limited size of the plot, the church was orientated north-south. The architect was Joseph John Scoles, who also designed the Church of St Francis Xavier in Liverpool, St Ignatius Church in Preston, and was father of Ignatius Scoles SJ, another architect, who designed St Wilfrid's Church also in Preston. Five years later on 31 July 1849, the feast of the Jesuit founder St Ignatius, the church was officially opened.
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  • Holiday Time at a Catholic Church in Mayfair We are usually in London only in April-May, and October-November, but were visiting in December, immediately after Christmas, on a leisure trip. As per...  more »
  • While staying at the Grosvenor House, we wanted to go to Sunday Mass.We were very fortunate that there was a 5:30pm Sunday service here. Locals call this the Farm Street Church. Our cabbie dropped.....  more »
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  • I like this place going to church at Sunday if i have time. This church is beautiful and solemn. Things needed for the mass is well organized and the choir of the church is few but they perform well... I love singing church songs and hoping that their choir member will getting more members in order to be more alive and people can all participate; thanks!
  • Fantastic ecclesiastical discovery! This little church has one of the most wonderful of entrances - one enters alongside the chancel, with a side view towards the altar through glazing at the rear of the north wall Sedilia and greeted by an imposing statue of a Saint who looks like he's clad wholly in black leather. Then the church opens up with an impressive nave and elegant aisles. This is a very beautiful church, one of London's hidden architectural gems.

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