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How did one of Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches end up in Sth London?
How did one of Sir Christopher Wren’s Churches end up in Sth London?

In deepest South London, in a small 1960s housing estate, off a small side street, itself off another small blocked off road – standing alone and largely forgotten – is a remnant of one of Sir Christopher Wren’s magnificent post

HMS Ark Royal’s Battle Ensign (not) on display in Docklands
HMS Ark Royal’s Battle Ensign (not) on display in Docklands

Just up the road from where I live is St Anne’s Limehouse, a Hawksmoor Anglican Church that was consecrated in 1730, one of the twelve churches built through the 1711 Act of Parliament. The Church is significant for several reasons,

Photos of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in Holborn
Photos of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr in Holborn

Wandering around London I tend to keep my eyes either watching the ground for any curious manhole covers or the like – or looking around the tops to see what might catch my attention. Sometimes, one of those things is

The “secret crypt” under St John’s Church in Waterloo
The “secret crypt” under St John’s Church in Waterloo

In response to the spiritual needs of a growing population, in 1818 the Parliament voted funds for the building of a series of new churches in cities, and one such church is the Neoclassical Doric pile just outside Waterloo Station.

The underground crypt in the City of London

Lurking in a tiny side alley on  a small side street near Fleet Street in the City of London lies one of the city’s less well known bits of heritage – the remains of the Whitefriar’s Crypt. To find the

A look around St Peter’s Church in London Docks

On one of the main roads in Wapping stands what looks externally to be a fairly average Church, but like most Victorian buildings of its time, the generic municipal exterior conceals a much more interesting interior. The Church of St

A torch lit tour of a Church crypt
A torch lit tour of a Church crypt

A rather forlorn looking Palladian style church sits in a suitably windswept corner of a road junction in Shoreditch. Despite its somewhat tired appearance, this is one of the more important locations for the history of Christianity in England. Depending

The Victorian Catacombs of South London
The Victorian Catacombs of South London

In the early 19th century, the graveyards in central London were becoming not just rather full, but also a bit of a health hazard – so in the 1830s laws were passed that banned the burial of new bodies with

A visit to Croydon Palace

A long time ago, when Croydon was less a collection of indifferent office blocks and more green, it was also one of the more important residences of the Archbishop of Canterbury. A large – by the standards of the day

Supper, Restoration Diaries and a Hymn

I wandered along to a lecture this evening which was due to discuss the relationship between two of the great Diarists of the English Restoration period, being Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. It was billed as Supper and a Lecture,

Proposals for Post-Crossrail development at TCR

A brief comment has been released on part of the redevelopment proposals for the land which will be cleared as a result of the Crossrail developments at Tottenham Court Road tube station. As the buildings on the corner will be

St Michael’s Church by Covent Garden

Lurking in a little nook on one of the many streets around the back of Covent Garden you may spy what looks like a church trying to squeeze its way out between more modern buildings. Here you may notice if

Treasures of the English Church

Today I wandered over to Goldsmiths Hall in the City to visit an exhibition which opened only yesterday of Church silver and gold plate and vessels. The exhibition is said to the be the largest collection of religious metal work

The Church of St Charles Borromeo

Wandering around the back streets near the BT Tower, I noticed an interesting looking Church and wandered over for a closer look.

St Etheldreda’s Church

A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to St Etheldreda’s Church in Ely Place to take some photos, but alas – most of them were rather dire, so I went back again last weekend to try again.

Greenwich goes Advent Crazy

Various shops, offices etc in Greenwich town center are to become a “living Advent calendar” this December. Each day, from the 1st Dec., a new display will be unveiled to the public until all 24 “windows” have been unveiled –

Have a Very Merry Swissmas

I was heading towards Covent Garden yesterday and noticed a forlorn looking church near Neal Street and wandered over to have a look. It was closed and in need of repair, but a sign on the front was advertising much

All Saint’s Church – Margaret Street, London

Yesterday, I made my long planned return trip to the incredible All Saints Church in central London for a photo session with my tripod. I had been there before, but the lighting is so dark that it is not possible

St Margaret’s Church – Lee, London

I wandered along to St Margaret’s Church in Lee – just by Blackheath in South London today. This was a rather plain Church when built, but then completely redecorated in a Pugin inspired Gothic Revivalist mode by James Brooks.