St George & All Saints has a fascinating history, since its birth in 1861.
The Church of England has been serving this area since 1861, when the large parish of St Mary Islington was split up into smaller units. At the time, this part of North London was growing rapidly due to the development of the railway at King’s Cross. Housing, in what had been fields in the Tufnell Estate, was developed and as the population increased, a church building was erected, dedicated to St George. The design of the former Victorian building in Tufnell Park Road is based on the 5th century church of St George in church in Salonica.
The old building suffered war damage and was vandalised. In the 1970s the Victorian building was sold and a new church by Clive Alexander was built in 1974, almost opposite the old Victorian church.
The old building became a perfect space for a dedicated Shakespearean Theatre, which closed some 25 years later and has now been bought and completely renovated by a Nigerian church – the House on the Rock.
St George's parish was combined with All Saints Tytherton Road when that church was converted into flats in the 1990s.
In 1995, local architect David Gibson was commissioned to remodel St George's interior to include a Prayer Chapel, meeting room, counselling room, kitchen, crèche and upper gallery.
Features of interest today include the icon of Christ as High Priest on the East wall, which was created from thin sheets of coloured glass by artist Doritie Kettlewell (1916-2014). The icon is inscribed in Greek ('I am the Truth'), Hebrew ('I am the Way') and Arabic ('I am the Life') and at the base is an image of the old St George's church, encircled with a rainbow – a symbol of God's promise of mercy.
Our huge bells are a distinctive landmark just outside the front entrance. These are worked electronically.
War memorials from All Saints Tytherton Road were transported across to the new church, bearing the names of many local young men who died in the two World Wars. There is also a memorial to a member of the Tufnell family, who were patrons of the first Victorian church; the family still holds patronage today.