St Saviours Deaf Church

Acton

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1873X

The congregation’s first building was constructed on Oxford Street, with a first service in 1873. The building became a symbol for the right of deaf people to take a full part in church and society.

1873

1925X

The church moved to a new building in Acton in 1925 when its original home was replaced by Selfridges. The congregation worshipped continually in Acton for 90 years in a building specially designed for deaf worship.

1925

2014X

St Saviour’s closed on 14th September 2014 due to lack of funds. Its congregation continues to meet elsewhere in the diocese.

2014

St Saviours Deaf Church is the only purpose-built church  for deaf people ever to have been constructed.  It features two pulpits, one for a preacher, the other for a sign language  interpreter, and no pillars so that everyone can see what is  happening.

It was opened in 1925 for a congregation which had previously met in central London since the 1870s.  It was long regarded as  symbol of equal place of deaf people in the church and society. It closed in 2014, when it was finally  sold due to lack of funding. The congregation continues to meet at other sites.

Our programme kicks off with an oral history event on 27th April at the Acton Vale Community Centre for those who  were once members of St Saviours Deaf Church.   Some participants, now in their 70s, have been associated with the deaf church since they were teenagers, and will be discussing their recollections from  50 years of deaf church history.

The St Saviours Deaf Church timeline

1873

The congregation’s first building was constructed on Oxford Street, with a first service in 1873. The building became a symbol for the right of deaf people to take a full part in church and society.

1925

The church moved to a new building in Acton in 1925 when its original home was replaced by Selfridges. The congregation worshipped continually in Acton for 90 years in a building specially designed for deaf worship.

2014

St Saviour’s closed on 14th September 2014 due to lack of funds. Its congregation continues to meet elsewhere in the diocese.