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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Not just an ordinary church




This isn't a church you will pass, but it is quite extraordinary. Here it is on the map, a private road and cul-de-sac in the heart of London. First, it stands in a piece of London that was actually part of Cambridge until around 50 years ago - Ely Place. It is the oldest Catholic Church in London, dating from around 1200. I have been there for midnight mass on Christmas eve (not this year) and you can almost hear the monks shuffling on the flagstones, a recommended experience. Second, it was one of the last places in London where you could seek sanctuary - whatever the cause or crime, you could avoid capture by entering this church. I will try to follow up with a photo from the interior some time.

posted by Ham at 00:06 -- Comments here: 2

Comments on "Not just an ordinary church"

 

Blogger scouter573 said ... (23:40) : 

It took some muddling about (I'm not exactly a London cabbie!), but here's another view, one might say, hosted by Google Maps.

 

Blogger Ham said ... (14:08) : 

I shall be coming back here at some time, because this small corner of London is most unusual in the way it folds back on itself. The different levels can't easily be seen from the arial photo.

 

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