St Peter & St Paul Church Harlington
St Peter & St Paul Church Harlington

Once a rural village, surrounded by farmland and orchards, Harlington's traditional appearance survived until the 1950's. Today, it is predominantly a suburban area whose development has been heavily affected by the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In contrast, amidst the noise and bustle of the community to which it now ministers, the Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul, provides an oasis of unchanging calm for both worshipper and visitor alike.


The earliest direct reference we have to Christian worship at Harlington is derived from the Domesday Survey of 1086. It records the existence of a priest with a land holding of half a hide (approximately 50 acres). Whilst a few examples of Saxon stone churches exist, it is more likely that any pre-Conquest church in Harlington would have been made from wood . As the flint and rubble construction of the present church, and others like it reveal, there was no local stone to be quarried in Middlesex, leaving wood as the only realistic alternative. 


Although the whole of England had nominally embraced Christianity by the 7th century, we do not know when it first took root in Harlington or Herdintone, as the Domesday Survey refers to it. However, a passing reference to a place called Hygeredingtun, (the earliest known name for Harlington) is in a royal document dated 831 A.D. This takes us back another 255 years to the reign of King Wiglaf of Mercia. The king granted Wulfred, the Archbishop of Canterbury, some land in the vicinity of Hayes, whose westernmost border was Hygeredingtun. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that the presence of such an important ecclesiastical neighbour, would have hastened Harlington's conversion to Christianity, if it had not happened already .

Community Activites:

all are welcome




"The Hurbs "- Harlington Ukulele Rainbow Band.

(Next meeting on Wednesday 19th January at 2pm in the church hall - all are welcome to join us).




On the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month  at 2.15pm

in the Church Hall.

(Hope to be back again very soon !). 




Click on "community activities" page above for more details !







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