One of the most prominent land marks in Leyton is St Mary’s Parish Church on Church Rd. It is a powerful, towering building that inspires affection among all of Leyton’s communities whether or not they attend the church.
Unfortunately, over recent years, the condition of St Mary’s glorious church yard has somewhat deteriorated. Where there was once wild life, now there are dangerous needles and syringes left lying about.
On Monday, I took a tour around the church yard with Reverend Tim Davies and church warden David Hughes to see its condition for myself.
David (pictured on the right) has been church warden for over thirty years and remembers what the church yard was like in its hey day. Only a few years ago, English heritage awarded the yard protected status.
I was shocked that this beautiful community space is now being used as a drug den and dumping ground for used needles and syringes (see below).
I now plan to work with Tim, David and other interested local residents to look at how we can return St Mary’s church yard and some of its fabulous grade one and two listed ornaments (see one of them below) to their former glory and stop illegal activity from taking place.
Restoring St Mary’s church yard will be a big project, but it is one that I believe is vital for the Leyton community. I plan to become fully involved and would urge other residents to join in.
St Mary’s will be participating in the Capital’s “Open House” day on Saturday the 16th of September 2006, between 10am and 5pm. The church will open to the public and there will be architectural tours and talks about the church’s history. I hope to see some of you there.