St Matthew

A beautiful Victorian church with a warm welcome.

About this church

The church has an interesting heritage. It was built in 1874-5 and paid for by a single benefactor, who was a senior partner in Coutts Bank. It was designed by a local architect in the neo Gothic style and has an elegant tower and spire which can be seen for miles around.

There is some wonderful stained glass of various periods by notable designers, an important war memorial, a fine three manual organ and an unusual peal of eight mushroom-shaped bells arranged as an 'Ellacombe chime' which can be rung by a single person. There is also a service bell which dates from 1734 and was recycled by Taylors of Loughborough for use in St Matthew’s when it was built in 1875.

St Matthew’s is part of the Tolworth Hook & Surbiton Team Ministry along with St George’s Tolworth and St Paul’s Hook. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Enchanting atmosphere

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Wifi

Regular events

  • Brunch Bunch on Monday mornings, one of a number of groups in the church which meets weekly for Bible study, prayer and fellowship.
    SMarties, our weekly craft group meeting on Thursday mornings which specialises in producing the most wonderful embroidery but is also a very friendly group of those who like to knit, sew, crochet but most importantly chat, encourage each other, celebrate with and care for one another (contact church office for details).
    Young Mum’s group, meets on alternate Monday mornings (contact church office for details).
    Chance to Chat (social group): a monthly opportunity to come together over a friendly cuppa and relax with good company. Third Wednesday of each month (except August) in the Sitzler Room from 2pm.
    Soup Lunch takes place on the first Friday of each month (apart from August and September). Come along at 12.30pm and you will be assured of at least one bowl of delicious home made soup, some good company and the opportunity to hear from a visiting speaker.

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St Mary the Virgin

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