Old St Andrew’s Church, Kingsbury, is a redundant Anglican church in the London Borough of Brent, Greater London, now designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage.
The church is from the 12th century, considered to be the oldest standing building in Brent, although an earlier church stood on the site from the Saxon period.
St Andrew’s is constructed in rendered flint rubble, and contains some recycled Roman bricks and tiles. (Which has led to the belief that a roman villa or farmstead once stood in close proximity).
It has a simple floor plan, consisting of a nave and a chancel in a single cell, a north vestry, and a turret at the west end surmounted by a spire.
Additions were made to the church in the 14th and 15th centuries. However by 1796 it was in a dilapidated state and in need of repair.
By the late 1920s, due to an increase in the size of the local population, St Andrew’s was too small. In 1933 a new church, also dedicated to Saint Andrew, was erected not 30 metres away from the old church.
This new church had originated in 1847 in Wells Street in the Marylebone area of London. It was considered “surplus to requirements” in the inner city due to a shrinking congregation and demolished, then rebuilt in Kingsbury stone by stone.
Although the grounds are well maintained, the church graveyard is relatively overgrown, adding to the character of the surrounding landscape with meandering paths cut through the overgrowth.