Comfortably away from the traffic of Holloway Road, St Mary Magdalene is set in a park of 5 acres formed from the old churchyard. The church was built in 1814 to a design by William Wickings as a chapel of ease to the parish church of St. Mary's down Upper Street. It became a parish church in its own right in 1894. A typical Georgian six-bay brick box with three tiers of small windows, the lowest to the crypt. At the East end a lower one-bay frontispiece with North and South Tuscan stone porches (originally open) lead into vestibules flanking the tower with a vestry in its base. The tower is square and not high, but it was said to have cost the parishioners six times as much as 'the beautiful, classical and unrivalled spire of Islington church'.
photograph of St Mary Magdalene in 1904
Inside, the interior retains its galleries on three sides supported by Tuscan columns. Originally horse shoe-shaped these were converted to a rectangular plan when the furnishings were altered in 1894-5 by C. E. Childs. Most of the 1894 work was undone in 1983, when the choir stalls and pews were removed and meeting rooms were built under the galleries. Above the reredos is a painting Noli me tangere by a Mr. Tibbets, a churchwarden in 1814. Stained glass in the North window is by Heaton Butler & Bayne and is post 1856.
The most recent architectural work was the building of a ramp along the north side of the church, which was completed in autumn 2004, making the building accessible to wheelchair users.