Our history


Tower and cherry blossom

St George’s Church, as we know it today, was consecrated in March 1925, but as long ago as 1864 there was an Anglican Chaplain in Madrid, when the Reverend William Campbell was appointed to the British Embassy here, and held services in a small room in a private house.

A few years later, larger premises were provided by the British and Foreign Bible Society. In 1900 the coach house of the old British Embassy was converted into a church. Later on, largely due to the generous bequest of Mr Edgar Allen, and further contributions from the English-speaking community and friends, the present church was built. It was designed by the Spanish architect Teodoro de Anasagasti, who blended elements of the Spanish Romanesque style (cruciform plan, semicircular apse, bell tower, tiled root) and the characteristic brick-and-stone construction of the uniquely Spanish “Mudéjar” tradition with specifically Anglican forms such as the porch or the chancel with its dossal, in addition to his own modern ideas such as the light skillfully introduced into the nave through the Children’s Chapel under the tower. Particularly remarkable are the stained-glass windows which represent St George, patron of England, and St James the Great, patron of Spain, along with St John, St Peter and St Paul, in the chancel.

In the nave there are windows which portray St David of Wales, St Andrew, patron of Scotland, St Patrick, patron of Ireland and St Francis of Assisi. In the north choir there are windows depicting St Cecilia and St Antony Abbot, and in the porch, the Nativity of Christ. The most recent addition is a contemporary relief-sculpture of St George, also in the porch. Not surprisingly, the church is among Madrid’s listed buildings of historical interest.

Behind the church, there is a Church House, which used to be for a caretaker and now accommodates the Chaplain’s office, meeting rooms and church flat. Between the two buildings is the Church Hall, for which the foundation stone was laid by the British and American Ambassadors in 1954.

Below is a list of Chaplains of St George’s during the last century:

1921-1927 Revd. F. Symes- Thompson
1927-1931 Revd. Frederick Farewell Sanigear Williams
Revd. A. H. Nugent
1931-1933 Revd. H. B. Firth
1933-1936 Revd. Herbert Pentin
1936 Ven. Ormonde W. Birch
1936-1940 Revd.F. J. Bailey M.V.O.
1940 Revd. H. Collinson
1940-1941 Revd. Herbert Brown
1950-1954 Revd. Jack Bradshaw Roberts
1954-1956 Revd. Geoffrey Phillips Beaumont
1956-1987 Ven. Reginald Basil Ney O.B.E.
 1974- Revd. H. P. F. Greenwood (assistant)
 1975- Revd. B. V. Taylor (assistant)
 1976- Revd. D. J. Houghton (assistant)
 1978- Revd. D. Whitworth (assistant)
 1982- Revd. J. A. B. Paddock (assistant)
1987-1990 Revd. John Bernardi
1990-1995 Revd. Henry W. Scriven
1995-2004 Revd. Raymond Leslie Hodson
 2000 Revd. Anthony J. Ball (NSM)
2004-2012 Revd. Canon Ian Hutchinson Cervantes
2011-2016 Revd. Nigel Thomas ( curate)
2013-present Revd. Paul William Ormrod  2015-2016 Revd. Mathew Phipps (curate)