St. Andrew by the Wardrobe is another of the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren´s churches in the City. It belongs to the Church of England. The church is located in Queen Victoria Street (EC), and St. Andrew´s Hill. This is the last of Wren´s churches with the simplest design, built in Baroque style, and is by no means extravagant on the inside, but contains some beautiful woodwork - and a lovely quiet place of worship.
Some of the churches in London carry some strange names - St. Andrew by the Wardrobe... The name derives from its early days. The church dates back to the 13th century and was linked to a long gone royal residence, the Baynard´s Castle. Back then King Edward III used a building close by as a store room for his State robes and other belongings, which he moved from the Tower of London - thus the name Wardrobe or Great Wardrobe ;).
The church burnt down in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and was rebuilt by Wren in 1669. Then it was bombed in the Blitz in 1941, the walls remaining. It was reconstructed in 1961.
The church is kind of cramped, like so many of London´s churches, especially in this area of the City. It is easily accessible from St. Andrew´s Hill, but if one is coming from above it can barely be seen (see my photo).
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 08:30-18:00.
Fondest memory: William Shakespeare worked in Blackfriars´ Theatre close to the church for ca 15 years, and St. Andrew by the Wardrobe was his parish church. There is a Shakespeare memorial at the church, carved in oak.
The church is a Grade I listed building.
St. Mary Aldermary Church is south of Cheapside in the City, in Bow Lane and Watling Street, next to Cannon Street, and belongs to the Church of England. It is one of the 88-89 churches in the City which were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt by the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren in 1679-1682. Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt 51 parish churches and St. Paul´s Cathedral. Part of the walls and the foundation of the church were fortunately not distroyed in the fire and the new church was built on the remains.
There has been a church on this site since ca 1100 and it is believed to be the oldest church in the City dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It doesn´t show now, seeing that the church is cramped between other buildings, that it was once said to be one of the finest and largest churches in the City. It is so cramped there that I had difficulties taking photos of it.
St. Mary Aldermary Church survived the air raids in WW2 relatively intact. The windows were shattered, but new beautiful stained glass windows were fitted in after the war.
Fondest memory: The church ceilings are extremely beautiful, I couldn´t stop looking at them. It looks like it is made of laces :) Every time I am in this area I pop in just to admire it. The church is the only remaining Gothic style church in the City - built by Wren. It is extremely beautiful, but then I am a big fan of the Gothic style.
A Friend of the City Churches told me about the wooden Sword rest in the church. I had visited it several times, but never noticed the wooden Sword rest mounted on one wall. It is very old, from 1682 - and it fits so well in this church. I wonder where it came from originally.
It is very ornate, I highly recommend visiting it.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 11:00-15:00.
Mass is on Mondays and Thursdays as it is a Guild church, and their masses are not on Sundays. As I have written in another tip, then under a legislation since 1952, churches which were in danger of being closed, as they were thought to be redundant, were allowed to carry on a weekday ministry.
There is a café in the church, so there is not much privacy for praying there. But lovely that this beautiful church is used in this way, so that there are always people in it.
St. Mary le Bow Church is in Cheapside, London EC2V. It is one of the historic churches in this area and one of the churches of the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren. It is said that to be a Cockney a Londoner must be born within the sounds of the bells of St. Mary le Bow Church. St. Mary le Bow Church was considered to be the most important church in the City second only to St. Paul´s Cathedral.
There has been a church here since 1080 when it was built as a headquarters of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Sadly the church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, like so many of the churches in this area, only the crypt survived the fire - it was rebuilt in 1673, only to be destroyed in the Blitz in 1941 - again like too many churches in London. The bells fell to the ground in the bombings. The number 666 and Hitler destroyed too many of the churches of Christ. But most of them were rebuilt, St. Mary le Bow church was rebuilt and consecrated in 1964.
One cannot see from the outside that this is such an important church - as I have said so many times in my tips, then I visit every church I encounter on my walks - and read up on it. This church came as a surprise to me as it doesn´t look at all conspicious, and one can easily walk by it, not knowing that it is second in importance to St. Paul´s Cathedral.
Fondest memory: What I found to be the most beautiful "thing" about this church is the big cross hanging from the ceiling - the crucifixion of Jesus.
I always pop in for a short visit when I am in this area.
The church is a Grade I listed building.
St. Dunstan-in-the-West is an extraordinary church in Fleet Street. It is a majestic church, both seen from the outside - with the statues, the famous clock from 1671 and the bells - and on the inside. I had wanted to visit this church for ages and wasn´t disappointed when I got there. But despite all the beautiful interior and artefacts in the church, for the life of me I couldn´t get a decent photo inside the church. The colours are all wrong and don´t show how majestic it is. This has not happened to me in any other church. So I went there again to take better photos, but they came out similar to the first ones. But I got to chat with the Friends of the City Churches and came out a LOT wiser and gave them my VT-card if they were interested in seeing what an Icelandic woman was writing about the City churches ;)
St. Dunstan-in-the-West is a guild church so it is only open on certain days. I looked up when the Friends of the City Churches kept it open - on Tuesdays - and went for a visit. I got such a warm welcome. When they heard that I was from Iceland and so interested in the City churches, both of the FCC told me that they had been to Iceland, one of them had just returned back to London from his visit. I was taken on a quick tour of the church, as there was a mass just starting, with a Holy Communion. I stayed and took part in the mass. St. Dunstan-in-the-West is part of the Church of England.
There was first a church here in ca year 1000. That church escaped the Great Fire of London in 1666, in which almost all the City churches burnt down. The Dean of Westminster saved the church, as in the middle of the night he woke up 40 students from Westminster School and together they battled the fire with water - and won! What a good job they did! The church needed rebuilding in 1831 and again in 1950 after having been damaged in 1944 in WW2 by bombs.
Fondest memory: The church is octagonal, very different from other churches I have visited. One cannot tell from the Neo-Gothic outside appearance of the church what to expect on the inside.
Coming back to the clock on the church - it is the first clock in London to have a minute hand. Thus making St. Dunstan-in-the-West a landmark church in its time. There are two giants, who strike the hours and quarters. I had seen this clock so many times through the years and it was the reason why I wanted to visit the church. It must be unique. Before I never thought that one can just visit a church and have a look around.
The church has had strong ties since 1690 to the bank opposite the street - the Hoare Bank. The FCC told me that the bank kept a key to the church, so one just had to pop over to the bank if a spare key was needed.
The livery company connected with the church since the 15th century is the Worshipful Company of Cordweiners (shoe makers).
There are some old artefacts in the church, including a very old sword stand from 1745.
The church plays a dual part - being a guild church it has an Anglican service on Tuesdays. But it is also a Romanian Orthodox church - as can be seen from many of the artefacts inside - and their mass is on Sundays. The first thing one sees really, when entering the church, is a big altar screen, coming from a Bucharest monastery in 1966. It is majestic and my photo does not do it any justice.
St. Dunstan-in-the-West is also a center for Christian Unity, so there are several side chapels with altars and artefacts belonging to other congregations, f.ex. Oriental churches and the Lutheran church. Anyhow, it doesn´t matter to which congregations one belongs, it is all the same God, Jesus and Holy Spirit that we worship and believe in, so I like this idea of unity in St. Dunstan-in-the-West.
The address is: 186A, Fleet Street, EC4A 2HR
St. Martin within Ludgate is situated just west of St. Paul´s Cathedral and is almost invisible there - unless one is looking for churches as I was.
There has been a church here since 1174 - a medieval church. This old church had to be rebuilt in 1437. A lightning struck the tower in 1561 and the Great Fire of London destroyed it in 1666. It was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1677-1703. The balcony of the roof of St. Martin was Wren´s favourite place to admire the building of his St. Paul´s Cathedral. St. Martin was hit by an incendiary bomb in 1942 in WW2, but only the roof was damaged - St. Martin within Ludgate was the church, which suffered the least damage in WW2 of all he City churches, but only just because of a favourable wind.
There are 3 beautiful paintings by the altar - they represent the unity of 3 parishes in 1890. St. Mary Magdelene Old Fish Street and St. Gregory by St. Paul´s, which both burnt down, St. Mary in 1888 and St. Gregory in 1666 - were not rebuilt, but united with St. Martin within Ludgate.
Since 1962 the church has been the Chapel of the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table...
There is a palindrome in Greek on the font - NIYON ANOMHMA MH MONAN OYIN. It means "cleanse my sin not only my face".
Ludgate Hill, where the church is situated, once market the west boundary or outer limit of the City - together with Corn Hill in the east. The City of London was founded on those two hills. The Roman wall was located here, and the church was part of that wall. Lud Gate stood next to the wall - the entrance into the City.
The Indian Princess Pocahontas stayed in 1616 in Ludgate Hill and St. Martin within Ludgate was the church closest to where she was staying.
Fondest memory: St. Martin within Ludgate is a guild church since 1954, with no parish, so there is a service at lunchtime at 13:15 with Holy Communion on Thursdays and not on Sundays. The church stays open during the day for visitors.
The address is: 40 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7DE
St Botolph's Aldersgate is one of the City churches. It is so magnificent. It doesn´t look like much on the outside, but it took my breath away when I entered.
There has been a church on this site since ca 1050. The second church was built 400 years later. It is not a Sir Christopher Wren church, even though it looks like his work. It escaped the Great Fire of London in 1666, when most of the City´s churches burnt down. Its location, north of St. Paul´s Cathedral, might have helped, but opposite the street, east of the church, is St. Anne and St. Agnes and that church burnt down in the fire. The second church fell into disrepair and was rebuilt and consecrated in 1791 with Nathaniel Wright building the exterior and Nathaniel Evans the interior. They sure made a beautiful church, the interior being much more beautiful than the exterior though, as I mentioned. One reason might be symbolic - that the interior is like the renewed heart in Christ?
There is something extraordinary about all the churches I have visited in the City of London. This church is no exception - it contains the only surviving painting on glass-window in the City of London. Above the altar is what looks like a painting - but there are actually 3 paintings on glass-windows, the one in the middle being the oldest one. It depicts the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was painted by James Pearson in 1788. There are 2 other windows here, which are a much later work, as the previous windows were destroyed in the bombings in WW2.
I visited the church knowing that the Friends of the City Churches kept it open on that day. I have become acquainted with some of them, as some of the same people keep the churches open on different days. There was a lovely lady who told me about the window and how beautiful it is when the sun shines through it - I would love to see it, as to me it looked like a painting, not like a window.
There are beautiful stained glass windows on both sides of the church, the windows on the south side depict the spiritual awakening of John Wesley in 1738, but he preached in the area close to St. Botolph´s without Aldersgate.
The organ in the church dates back to 1778 and is the only Samuel Green organ left in the City.
The name of the church, St.Botolph without Aldersgate, refers to the church standing just outside the old City gate.
Fondest memory: The church has been a guild church (with no parish and no services on Sundays) since the 1950s and is usually not open. But the Friends of the City Churches keep it open on Tuesdays from 11:00-16:00. On Tuesdays from 13:10 there is also a Bible talk and a lunch buffet. The church is the guild church of Ironmongers, Cooks and Plasterers livery companies.
On Sundays the London City Presbyterian Church holds its services in the church.
There was also an elderly lady dusting the church. She came to me and started talking. She told me that she owned an Icelandic painting from a seemingly unknown artist, there was a name on it, but when she went to have it appraised, nobody knew that name. It was lovely meeting her and the FCC, it is double the joy for me meeting other people who love churches as I do.
The church is located at Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4EU,
St. Marylebone church is the parish church in Marylebone. I had walked past it one day and thought to myself what this magnificent building was, if it was a museum of some sort, but found out that it was a church. It was late so the church was closed, but I came back another day early to visit the church.
It truly is magnificient looked at from the outside, with massive pillars and a beautiful ornate church tower, with golden statue. And so lovely on the inside, white, bright and spacious.
This current church is the 4th parish church. The first one dates back to ca 1200 and was located at Tybourn Road, where Oxford Circus is now. It was demolished 200 years later and another church was built further north - by Marylebone High Street. In 1740 a new church was built and in 1817 the 4th church was built, the St. Marylebone church.
It is funny how names can change during the course of time. F.ex. the name "Marylebone". The second church was called St. Mary the Virgin by the Bourne - referring to a stream running down to Thames, called Ty bourne. The name changed to St. Mary le burn, which later became St. Marylebone :) I have to say that I have often thought about the origin of the name Marylebone, as it is cumbersome. Now I know.
Francis Bacon was most likely married in St. Mary by the Bourne, the 2nd church.
Lord Byron was baptized in the 3rd church.
Charles Dickens lived very close to the church and had a view of the current church from his home.
Fondest memory: What I liked especially is that they had a leaflet for visitors "A Self-Guided Spiritual Tour" it was called. It educated me about the history of the church, but it was also very informative about church rituals and the Word of God.
I followed the Spiritual Guide and it led me to the lovely Side Chapel where I lit a candle and made a prayer wish, which is very close to my heart. Time will tell.
There is a Physic Herb and Wild Flower Garden beside the church.
There is Holy Eucharist at St. Marylebone church on Wednesdays at 13:10 and Fridays at 09:30. And Healing Services on Wednesdays with the Holy Eucharist.
The first Sunday of the month there is a Healing Service at 18:30.
St. Mary-At-Hill is one of Sir Christopher Wren´s churches in the City of London. It is one of those churches that one has to look for as it is squeezed in between other buildings.
There has been a church on this site since before the 12th century. The church was only for the rich, it seems, as it was very expensive being buried in the churchyard. Since then all the bodies were moved from that cemetary to West Norwood cemetary.
There have been 3 fires, which partially destroyed the church, the first one being the Great Fire of London in 1666. In that fire only the walls and the tower remained. Sir Christopher Wren supervised the rebuilding of the church, with Robert Hooke´s help, finishing it in 1677. There was another fire in 1848 and then another one in 1988 :(
The organ in St. Mary-At-Hill is one of ten most imporant organs in the history of Britain. It is the largest surviving organ of this kind, built by William Hill, dating back to 1848.
Late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century the surroundings of the church changed into "joyful noise unto the Lord" :D Then St. Mary-At-Hill became HQ to the Church Army and opened up to the shop-girls and fish porters at Billingsgate and this was a lifely crowd. The minister himself, Wilson Carlile, went into the streets with his band, playing trombone, reminding everybody of the Church service.
Fondest memory: I had a map of the City churches, but only found this one as there was a sign by the beginning of the small street, Lovat Lane, saying: "St. Mary-At-Hill - a famous Christopher Wren church". But it was closed. Then I acquired a list of when "The Friends of the City Churches" kept this church open, which was on a Thursday, so I visited on that day. There is also a lunch-concert in the church at 13:05 on Thursdays, where one brings one´s lunch and listens to a concert. The church is also open on Wednesdays when there is a service. So I gather that this is a guild church, seeing that there is no service here on Sundays.
The church is much larger on the inside than it appears from the outside, very clear cut, true to Wren´s vision of large windows with a lot of light and a very ornate ceiling, like most of Wren´s churches have.
St. Gile´s Cripplegate is in the City of London by Barbican. It is one of the churches in the city which weren´t touched by the Great Fire of London in 1666.
There has been a church here on this site for ca 1.000 years. The present church dates back to 1394. Although the Great Fire of London didn´t reach St. Gile´s Cripplegate church, it got damaged in a fire in 1545, again there was a fire in 1897 and then again in the Blitz in WW2 - so much that only the shell of the church stood upright. The architect, who rebuilt the church, was Godfrey Allen.
There is a display cabinet in the church, with some treasures from the history of St. Gile´s Cripplegate church. There are several silver artefacts which were stored in bank vaults.
The name of the church "Cripplegate" interested me so I looked it up. There are parts of the Roman wall south of the church, which once were a part of the City Wall. This sentence is taken from the webpage of St. Gile´s Cripplegate: "The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon "cruplegate" which means a covered way or tunnel which ran from the town gate of Cripplegate to the Barbican"
Fondest memory: The English poet John Milton (1608-1674) is buried in St. Gile´s Cripplegate - next to his father. His memorial was located outside the church and is one of the few memorials that didn´t get destroyed in the WW2 bombings.
Oliver Cromwell got married in this church. And so did the parents of Sir Thomas More. Daniel Defoe was baptized here in this church.
William Shakespeare was a parishioner at St. Gile´s Cripplegate church.
In the church there are several busts, 4 of them are together: those of: Oliver Cromwell, John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and John Milton.
Opening hours of the church are: Monday-Friday from 11:00-16:00.
The church is located by Fore Street opposite Barbican Centre.
The Guild Church of St. Margaret Pattens is a lovely church on Rood Lane, Eastcheap in the City of London. There are quite a few churches in this area and I enjoyed going from church to church, each one of them being characteristic with such interesting history. This church belongs to the Church of England and is under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London.
There has been a church on this spot since 1067. Unfortunately a little after a later church had been repaired along came the Great Fire of London in 1666 and destroyed that church. The church now standing on this spot, is one of the work of the noted architect Sir Christopher Wren, who designed many churches in London. It was consecrated in 1687.
The word patten actually means clogs - or over-shoes with wooden soles. This name derives from the association the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers had with the church since the 15th century. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers also has association with this church (I love London history, where ever I go there is something new to discover). The church has been a guild church since 1954, meaning that it is not a parish church anymore. Thus the main service of the church is not on Sundays, but on Thursdays. This is interesting, under a legislation since 1952, churches which were in danger of being closed, as they were thought to be redundant, were allowed to carry on a weekday ministry.
There are two canopied pews as one enters the church - for the churchwardens - the only canopied pews in Wren´s churches. The 200 feet spire on the church is the only one left of this kind of lead-covered timber spires by Sir Christopher Wren. It is the third highest spire in the City.
There is a beautiful 18th century organ beneath which is the Royal Stuart Coat of Arms, probably the one of King James II.
There is a copper cross on one wall, a copy of the cross on St. Paul´s Cathedral. This cross used to be on top of the spire of the church. See my second photo. Beneath the cross is a memorial to King Charles I. On it is written "Touch not mine anointed". I do love that sentence, it has got very strong meaning for me.
The church is a Grade I listed building.
The church is bright and lovely with big windows, which is one of Wren´s trademarks. It was a delight visiting it.
Fondest memory: When I was in the church taking photos the vicar and a church staff member were organizing a Christmas concert, and there I was "skulking" about reading up on everything and taking photos - they asked me if I wanted them to pose for me! Maybe I should stop taking so many photos in churches, eh? It is just a passion of mine and I do the same in Iceland and post on a special website of all the churches in Iceland.
I visited the church once again as I wanted more photos of interesting "things" in the church. Then the church was being cleaned and the cleaning ladies were talking loudly between themselves even if there was one person praying in the church. I felt sorry for that man, here they were talking and I was sneaking around taking photos :(
The Church of St. Edmund King & Martyr is an unusual church. As inside the church is a bookstore, that covers half of the church - it looks just like a normal bookstore, where one can sit down and have coffee. This is the London Centre of Spirituality. But walking further in is the altar and that part looks like being in a normal church. Quite unusual.
If it weren´t for the London Centre of Spirituality having its base here in the church, recommended by the Bishop of London, then the church would probably be closed.
There has been a church here since ca 900-1100. That church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is probably one of Sir Christopher Wren´s churches, at least part of it. The interior is most likely by Dr. Robert Hooke, a friend of Wren´s. This church has been said by some to be Wren´s "worst church" :( And in 1864 it was partially restored. In 1917 in WW1 a bomb was dropped right on top of the church and it is the church in the City which got damaged the most. What was left of the bomb, interestingly, can be seen by the altar, as it has been encased there. Most unusual, this church is most unusual.
What is also unusual about The Church of St. Edmund King & Martyr is that it faces north-south instead of the usual east-west. It stands by Lombard street, which was once the heart of the banking world. So logically the entrance to the church should be to the south, facing Lombard street. Another theory is that it was built on the remains of the old Roman church, but I think the former explanation is more believable.
Fondest memory: The name of the church - the Church of St. Edmund King & Martyr, comes from St. Edmund, who was a King of East Anglia and was martyred in 870 by the Danes (Vikings probably) when he refused to renounce his Christian faith :(
There is a Sword rest in the church as one of the parishioners of the Church of St. Edmund King & Martyr was made Lord Mayor in 1753. This old Sword rest is still in the church.
The Church of St. Edmund King & Martyr belongs to the Church of England.
St. James´s Roman Catholic Church is a majestic Catholic church in Marylebone in London. I was in this area looking for the Wallace Collection, when I came across this church and decided to check it out.
I entered timidly as there is always somebody praying in Roman Catholic churches, unlike many other churches I have visited. I was taken aback at how magnificent the church is. It is so big and so ornate, like Roman Catholic churces usually are. I sat down and prayed and then walked about and looked at the statues and tombstones and read up on the church. Much emphasis is put on the Virgin Mary in Catholisism, which is different from what we Protestants are used to. But which I truly respect and honour. But as I was walking there in the dimly lit church I found myself standing in front of a painting of Jesus, and it was if as a lightning struck me and I started blubbering. I couldn´t help it, it was not of my doing, I had been happy just minding my own business and the next thing I knew I was sobbing like a child and couldn´t stop. I put this down to being touched by the Holy Spirit big time.
Fondest memory: St. James´s Roman Catholic Church is in early Gothic style, which I like so much. I must visit it again and look at it better and get more information on it, as this visit of mine was kind of "interrupted" as it were...
The history of the church is closely linked to Spain. The Spanish Ambassador got access to the chapel and palace from the Bishops of Ely during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and until the reign of King Charles II. It became a sanctuary for English Catholics. This chapel was located in Spanish Place and is the reason why the present church is said to be at Spanish Place, which is opposite the street. In 1791 a chapel was built there. Most of the magnificent objects in the present church come from that chapel. In 1827 the Spanish handed the chapel over to the London Vicariate.
The present magnificent church was consecrated in 1949, on the site opposite where the old chapel was located. But the church building was taken into use in 1890, while it was still being built.
The location of the church is Spanish Place, 22 George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 3QY
The Church of St. Michael Paternoster Royal is the church for The Mission of Seafarers. It is one of Sir Christopher Wren´s churches in the City of London.
St. Michael Paternoster Royal was destroyed and united with another church after the Great Fire of London in 1666, St. Martin Vintry, which didn´t get rebuilt. This church is the last church of Sir Christopher Wren to be rebuilt, finished in 1694, 28 years after the fire. It got badly damaged in the Blitz in WW2 and had to be rebuilt again in 1968 - again 28 years after it got damaged.
The International headquarters of The Mission of Seafarers are located in the church. Their patron is Her Majesty the Queen. And the president is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The mission of this organization is to support chaplains in ports around the world.
I must say that I get very emotional when visiting churches like this, coming from an island where we have lost so many fishermen at sea. In every town and hamlet by the coastline of Iceland we have a monument to fishermen lost at sea. So I sat down almost in tears alone in the church, thinking about all those men and their families.
It is a lovely church, with the blue and white flags of the Mission of Seafarers and other flags dedicated to seamen with the guardian angel on the flag.
Fondest memory: St, Michael Paternoster Royal belongs to the Church of England.
There is a plaque on the church where it says that Richard Whittington, 4 times the Mayor of London, founded and was buried in the church in 1422. He financed the rebuilding of the church.
The church is on College Hill. In front of it is the Whittington garden.
St. James Garlickhythe church is one of Sir Christopher Wren´s churches in the City of London.
I went to visit it, but unfortunately it was closed. Some churches in the City are closed, but most of them are always open. I read on their notice board that "The Friends of the City Churches" would be at the church on Thursdays and it would be open then. So off I went to visit the church again next Thursday.
It was a sunny day and the church was lit up with the sun, making the organ glowing in the sun, so beautiful. On the ceiling of the church the sky was painted blue with white clouds. I saw two sword rests on each side in the front pews. I asked the member of "The Friends of the City Churches" why there were 2 and he told me that the other one had been brought in from a church thad had been combined with St. James Garlickhythe, St. Michael Qeenhithe, along with many other artefacts, seeing that there were too many churches in the City of London. The sword rest is for when the Lord Mayor of the City of London comes to visit the church. The sword rests are very ornamental. I first saw a sword rest like this in St. Lawrence Jewry by Guildhall and had no idea what this ornament meant.
Fondest memory: The church was built in 1683 by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great fire of London in 1666. There had been a church on this site since 1100. The other name for the church is Wren´s Lantern, as he built it to be full of light with a lot of windows. It sure is full of light when the sun shines through the windows, and the organ looked like glowing gold in the sunshine.
In 1941 in the Blitz the church got hit by a bomb, which didn´t go off and had to be removed from the church. The church didn´t suffer damage from that bomb, but from other bombs hitting the buildings around it.
The church is a Church of England parish church. And the church of the Livery companies.
There is a big ornamental clock above the door of the church. It is a replica of a clock from 1682, which got destroyed. I need more than 5 photos for this church, as there are so many interesting things in it. I saw a flag with a shell on it and was wondering why they use the shell on their flag. It is an interesting story. The church is on a pilgrim route, and those who stop here will get a stamp of a scallop shell in their pilgrim passport - the last stop on the pilgrim route is Santiago de Compostela.
The church has got 8 new bells (2012), which rang during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Jubilee Bells. There are photos on the north wall of the church showing the story of the bells.
The church is a Grade I listed building.
The church is located on the corner of Garlick Hill and Little Trinity Lane, Loncon EC4 2AF. Closest tube station is Mansion house.
St. Margaret Lothbury is one of Sir Christopher Wren´s churches in the City of London. It is right behind the Bank of England. The church is dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch.
I went there to listen to an organ recital during lunch time. The church was filled with people and it was lovely sitting there listening to the tones of the organ, in this very busy area of the City of London.
There has been a church on this site since ca 1181. The current church was built after the Great Fire of London in 1666 by Sir Christopher Wren. It was completed in 1692 and built in an irregular shape as Wren had to build it on the Medieval ground plan. The tower was added later in 1700.
There is beautiful ornate woodwork in the church, exquisite. The beautifully carved tester and chancel screen were moved to St. Margaret from the Church of All Hallows the Great, but that church doesn´t exist anymore. The entrance arch is one of the most beautiful I have seen in a church and exists in only two churches in the City of London. On top of it are the Stuart Royal Arms.
By the altar are paintings of Moses and Aaron (1700). They were moved to St. Margaret from St. Christopher-le-Stocks, which doesn´t exist anymore. So many churches have vanished and been demolished, but there are still so many churches in the City - I just love visiting them, they are filled with history and each one of them has its own characteristics and unique history.
There are two sword rests in the church. They are used when the Lord Mayor comes on a ceremonial visit to the church. His offices are very close to the church.
Fondest memory: There is Holy Communion in St. Margaret on every Tuesday at lunchtime at 13:10.
On Wednesdays there is an informal service at 12:50-14:00 and people can come and go as they please during that service.
On every Thursday there is an organ recital at 13:10, apart from in August.
St. Margaret Lothbury belongs to the Church of England.
It amazes me how lively the churches are in the City of London. On all the occasions, when I have visited the City I have been overwhelmed by all the fast walking men in suit, the stress and the uniformity. But now I look at it differently. All these churches here in the City are open for the Christians working here in the City - also called the Square Mile - and they are thriving. The City has become much less impersonal to me now that I got to know about the churches here.
St. Margaret Lothbury is located behind the Bank of England on Lothbury, London EC2R 7HH.