St Alfege is the Anglican parish church in the centre of Greenwich with a diverse congregation, a rich musical tradition and a thriving church school.  There has been a church here for over a thousand years, dedicated to the memory of Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was martyred on this site in 1012. 

Henry VIII was baptised here, and many other key historical figures in Greenwich’s royal, maritime and scientific history have close links with the site including Thomas Tallis, General James Wolfe and John Flamsteed.

A Grade 1 listed building, St Alfege is a key part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It was the first church built between 1712 and 1718 under the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711, and the first complete church project undertaken by Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of England’s most original and significant architects.

Rich heritage of St Alfege Church to be revealed thanks to National Lottery Players

St Alfege Church in Greenwich has received a confirmed grant (£1,836,800) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project, it was announced today. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project aims reinforce the church’s position as a heritage asset at the heart of Greenwich, reveal and interpret our hidden spaces and heritage for visitors, school children, their families and a diverse local community. We plan vital repairs to the fabric, will bring to light the splendid work of Nicholas Hawksmoor, improve access to and facilities in the church and enhance landscaping, signage and interpretation.

Working with the University of Greenwich, the Royal Borough and schools, we will give students practical experience, recruit and train volunteer Heritage Ambassadors and provide a programme of heritage focused activities. We will strengthen St Alfege Church’s role as a resource for future generations. St Alfege Church  dominates the town centre. Custodian of the emerging story of the place, it holds the remains of significant figures in British history and plays an important role in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Commenting on the award, Vicar Chris Moody said: “This has been a culmination of years of planning and we are absolutely delighted at this generous award.  I would like to thank everyone who has made this possible."

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “The Heart of Greenwich project will see Hawksmoor’s building restored and the heritage of this well-loved church brought to a wider audience. In the season of goodwill it is great that this gift from National Lottery players will support this well-loved historic building, and we can't wait to see what further exciting discoveries will be made".

Christmas services 2017

Details of our Christmas services can be found here. 

Original Hawksmoor drawing discovered 

An original drawing of St Alfege Church by Nicholas Hawksmoor has recently been discovered at Greenwich Heritage Centre. Find out more on our news page.

Heart of Greenwich - Place and People

In June 2016, St Alfege Church was awarded more than £150,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us further develop our Heart of Greenwich project.

This scheme would open up the church’s ‘hidden spaces’, including its crypt, and put its rich history on display to visitors from across the world. Working with the university, as well as with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and local schools, the church seeks to recruit and train volunteer heritage ambassadors and provide a programme of related activities. Subject to a further successful bid for funding, the project will get under way in 2018 also aims to improve access to and facilities in the church and improve signage, landscaping and interpretation.

Reverend Chris Moody, Vicar of St Alfege said: “St Alfege is at the heart of Greenwich, and the current building holds the history of the Greenwich community as it has developed over the past thousand years. It’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it and making our history better known to young and old alike. Many thanks to our partners, and to the Heritage Lottery Fund, for helping us get this far.”