Until fairly recently, there was a large plot of empty land in central London, sealed off, and incongruously, a small church sat alone in the wasteland.
Located on a side street near Soho can be found a modest looking building with a history seeped in riot, anti-catholic executions, and war.
In 1778, a new chapel opened on the edges of the City of London for the new Christian movement known as the Methodists, and it's still there, just down the road from Old Street tube station, with a museum in its basement.
Just behind Debenhams on Oxford Street can be found a building that looks like a church, but isn't. A building that was consecrated, but not as a church, even though it is used for worship.
A quiet haven of peace sits on blood-stained land opposite Hyde Park. A living memorial to those who died for their beliefs in more troubled times.
I found a rather curious little series on Channel 4 a few weeks ago and recently finished watching the last of the six half-hour episodes.
A large church stands on the corner opposite the Old Bailey and I have passed its locked gates for rather more years than I care to remember, for church that is open for a few hours each day during the week - has never been open when I am passing.
Although just a couple of minutes walk from the activity of Victoria Street and around the corner from Channel4's head office, it is a church you would not casually pass unless you had certain reason to use the street it fronts onto.
As Private Eye is wont to say, it's Grim up North London, but if the eponymous characters of that newspaper were to dart out of their shell, they might find a remarkable building peaking its tall spire above the council estates of Kilburn.
If you approach an old church, mainly in towns and villages rather than cities, you might enter the churchyard through a small wooden gate with a pitched roof. These small gatehouses though have a particularly macabre history, for this is…
Bethnal Green sports two Churches with very notable and yet also very different representations of the Stations of the Cross. Both built within 80 years of each other, yet the older is also the younger, thanks to the after effects…
There is a very distinctive church frontage almost next to the Royal Court of Justice on Fleet Street that I have wanted to peer inside for years, but every time I walked past, the doors have been firmly closed. So…
There has been a church tower on the banks of the Thames in Fulham for over 600 years ringing out the hours and calls to prayer, and I was given a chance to have a climb up the 15th century…
St Martins Church Chipping Ongar Peeking out behind some wonky wooden buildings on Chipping Ongar’s main street is a glimpse of the ancient town church, which is nearly a thousand years old. Built around the time of the Norman Conquest…
Most hospitals, in addition to the more chemical treatments, also offer spiritual guidance to those who want it, and often have a chapel set aside for the purpose of prayer or contemplation. Most hospitals also being fairly modern in design…
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