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The History of St Mark's

St Mark’s is a church with a history that goes back to Victorian Southend. With the coming of the railway, there was an influx of people who came to live and work in the South end of the ancient parish of Prittlewell. Churches closer to the railway line were built to give the local residents places of worship, places of sanctuary and refuge in good times and bad.

St Mark’s was dedicated on 23 July 1901 as a chapel of ease to St John’s, Cliff Town.

Thus it was not created as a parish on its own but an ‘overflow’ church for those who lived around it. They tended to be the workers rather than the more affluent middle classes.

St Mark’s has had itself a rich history and been beloved of many who have found hope, friendship and a love for God within its walls. 

Today, St Mark’s still serves the local community, hoping to bring the good news of God’s inclusive, unending love to all his children, whoever they are.

Our Church Team
Cherry Sandover

Church Warden

Email: Sharon Hinton

News from
St Mark's

St Mark The Evangelist

Hamlet Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1HY


Tel: 07859 911997

Email: Mother Cherry Sandover

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Safeguarding at St Mark's

We are committed to ensuring that Saint Mark’s Church, Southend-on-Sea is a safe place for all. The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Westcliff Saint Alban and Southend Saint Mark  has adopted the House of Bishops' 
Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement.


Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is  Sharon Hinton please contact her with any enquiries.

Saint Mark’s Church is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. 

For further information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford click hereFor information about the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Safeguarding contacts in the Diocese of Chelmsford click here.

If you believe that somebody is in immediate risk of danger or harm you should call 999 and ask for the police.