Who We Are
Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church is led by Nick Graves, ably assisted by wife Louise, visiting missionaries Steve and Tami Harrington and Logan Turner from the USA, and a lively team of helpers. Meet the team here.
Where We Are
We are a small church in Purley (according to the Post Office) or Kenley (according to the council and the police). Either way, the church sits on the very edge of London though technically it is in the county of Surrey.
In one direction stretch the wooded uplands of the North Downs and the Sussex Weald. In the other, blanketing the Thames basin between the Downs and the Chiltern Hills, lie thirty miles of metropolis.
London is a constant presence, and big-city problems are never far away. But the character of Old Lodge Lane is still semi-rural and generally non-threatening.
It’s a lane of two halves. The northern end where it joins the A23, the main highway from London to Brighton, is definitely town. The other end, on the crest of the North Downs next to Kenley Airfield, one of the key fighter stations in the Battle of Britain, is almost open country. Between them run two miles of rising road which follows the floor of the natural valley carved out by rainwater running off the top of the Downs over the last few million years.
At roughly the mid-point sits Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, close to the point where suburban yields to country. Nestled on a hillside, the church is a light and airy single storey building, slightly sprawling, with a central worship area, a good-sized hall and kitchen off to one side, and recreation and office areas off to another.
It was built in 1958 to serve the new Croftleigh housing estate developed by Croydon Council, and opened in December of that year. It was originally established by Purley Baptist Church, who had previously run a Sunday School in the area. Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church became independent of Purley in 1984 but the spirit of fellowship, cooperation and outreach continues to this day.