St Mary le Strand is a building of great architectural and historical significance. James Gibbs’ first public building, it was where he began testing ideas before developing them further at St Martin's in the Field which was to become the blueprint for American churches in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The church tells our national and Anglo-American story, from the political infighting and shifting allegiances in 18th-century Britain, reflected in its unique plaster ceiling, to the heroic women who served their country in the Second World War, commemorated in the Book of Remembrance.
Central to the lives of parishioners over the generations, St Mary le Strand has hosted moments which were both intimate and of great national significance, such as the marriage of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow who would go on to become the parents of one of our most celebrated authors, Charles Dickens, who wrote so compellingly of his time in the US.
If you would like to be part of the building's future and to support our work, conserving, restoring and opening up the building as well as telling new stories to new audiences, there are many ways to get involved. You can support as a Friend or Patron, sponsor a Flower, or support the wider Jewel in the Strand project, giving this exceptional building a future as brilliant as its past.
We are in the process of setting up tax-efficient 501(c)(3) American giving. If you would like to receive a notification when the scheme goes live, or would like any further information regarding our plans and opportunities to get involved, please contact us.