The Hospital Chapel of St Mary the Virgin and St Thomas of Canterbury

Known locally as the Hospital Chapel this is one of the gems in Redbridge’s crown and is Grade II* listed by English Heritage. It was founded in 1145AD by Adelicia Abbess of Barking as a hospice for 13 aged and infirm men.

Key Facts Date Built - 1145ADGrade II*
Key Facts
Date Built - 1145AD
Grade II*

Facilities: Dogs allowedRestaurant / CafeWheelchair accessible

The Chapel and associated buildings were erected in 1145AD to provide accommodation for 13 old and infirm men called ‘the brethren’, by Adelicia, the then Abbess of Barking Abbey. During the 13th and 14th centuries lepers were cared for. The Chapel survived Henry VIII’s closure of the monasteries, possibly because it was functioning as a parish church and was subsequently leased to a succession of families.

The Victorians carried out substantial re-ordering in the 1890s, including the addition of the South aisle with windows by Edward Burne-Jones.

Services take place at the Chapel every Thursday at 12.35pm and the Friends of the Chapel organise events and regular open days when guided tours are available. Please see our website for details.

Location and Access

The Hospital Chapel can be found on 48 Ilford Hill, Ilford, IG1 2AT.

Access by car

Close to the A118 junction of the A406. Meter parking is available in Reads Close off the one-way system to the South of the Chapel. Otherwise use town centre car parks. See map on our website.

Access by public transport

Adjacent to Ilford rail station (TfL Liverpool Street to Shenfield line).

Buses 25, 86, 123, 128, 145, 147, 150, 167, 179, 296, 364, 366, 396, 462, EL1, EL2, W19 all stop close by.

Gants Hill station on Central Line then local bus to Ilford (about 10 minutes).

Disabled Access

Level access through main entrance and through South door from Reads Close.