St.Alban's is a living church which serves the community and on this blog and its attached pages you will find details of the church both past and present and how to contact us. Some pages are still under construction so please bear with us for a while.

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Another purpose of this blog is to provide a genealogical guide to the church of St.Alban the Martyr which is situated in St.John's Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex. Like many churches it contains a wealth of material of interest to people studying local history and family history. It is our intention to provide, as best we can, information about the many people who are commemorated in this beautiful church. Obviously this is a work in progress and the project has only just begun so we ask for your patience. If you have, or think you might have, historical connections with the church, we'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


Lord of gifts, share with us a hunger for the bread of your kingdom; give us a yearning impatience with injustice; free us from clinging to debts gone bad; teach us to pray with honesty in words filled with earth and lit by Christ, our jubilee.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


George Maitland Stapley

Laurence D'Arcy Stapley was born in Darnley Road, Tottenham, London in 1892 and baptised on 27th November of that year. His father, George Maitland Stapley (1853-1929) was born in Holloway, Islington, North London.  George was married to Lucy Jane (nee' Strangeways) and their children were Cecil (b.1886), Edward (1887-1976), Laurence (1892), Lucie, John (1895-1970) and Raymond (b.1905).

Lucy Jane Stapley

 George was a clerk with an East India Merchants and the family moved around a lot - from Darnley Road they went to Reighton Road, Hackney, then to 21 Valentines Road, Ilford and by 1914 they were at 18 Coventry Road, also in Ilford. Sometime early in the war they moved to 37 Preston Road, Westcliff on Sea, where they became members of the the congregation of St.Alban's Church.
George's son, Laurence D'Arcy, who worked as a bank clerk but whose ambition was to train as a missionary, volunteered for the Rifle Brigade and was later commisioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in The Suffolk Regiment and served in the 7th (Volunteer) Battalion.  He was killed at The Somme on 12 October 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument.

Laurence D'Arcy Stapley