Lying in Streatham Vale between Pollards Hill and Norbury, the parish of St. Olave, Mitcham, has a population of nearly 9000 residents and is part of the Merton Deanery within the Kingston Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Southwark. The parish roughly corresponds with the electoral ward of Longthornton in the London Borough of Merton.
The area is mainly “owner occupied” with some rented and/or Council accommodation. The remaining industrial premises have recently been demolished and there are substantial new housing developments in progress. The area is racially mixed and multi-faith, and the ethnic variety is matched within the congregation, which is predominantly a locally based one.
The church is set well back from the main thoroughfare of Rowan Road in the cul-de-sac of Church Walk, which turns off the main road just along from the South London Cemetery and Crematorium.
St Olave’s is a Forward in Faith parish under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Fulham
The Church accepts the guidance given by the Diocese of Southwark in “A Safe Church” in relation to children and vulnerable adults.
St Olave PCC Mitcham does not collect information about individual visitors to its website, but it does have access to statistical analysis of searches of the online directory.
Sunday Mass at 10.00 a.m. is according to Common Worship, and incense is used.
The music is congregational, and the New English Hymnal is used for most of the hymns.
Large print hymnbooks and service books are available.
The church has easy access for wheelchairs.
To Reach St Olave’s
There are car parks on either side of the church.
Rail services from London, Croydon and Sutton serve Streatham Common, Norbury, and Mitcham Eastfields stations. From Streatham Common take bus 60 or 118 and alight at Streatham Park Cemetery; from Mitcham Eastfields take bus 152 or 463 towards Pollards Hill and alight at Streatham Park Cemetery; from Norbury take bus 255 and alight at Longthornton Road.
TFL bus services 60, 118, 152, 255 and 463 run every day. Alight at Streatham Park Cemetery, Stanford Way or St Olave’s Walk.