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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Another of London's hidden treasures

For todays picture, we are in the Smithfield area of London (the meat market will appear another day) and outside the alleyway to St Bartholomew the Great. Put simply, as far as I know this is the oldest place of worship in London. It is one of the best hidden churches in London, you can't see it at all from the outside, so I will walk you through to the courtyard in My Other Stuff.

Some people might be amused by the name of the street it is in, you should be able to read it in the large version..... Little Britain. Oh yes, and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was filmed here, too.

posted by Ham at 00:14 -- Comments here: 5

Comments on "Another of London's hidden treasures"


Blogger scouter573 said ... (04:39) : 

There's a bug in the link to (Ham's) My Other Stuff. It should be


Blogger Anna said ... (08:21) : 

Voici une façade assez similaire à celles que l'on peut trouver à Rouen


Blogger Ham said ... (08:22) : 

Thanks... fixed!


Blogger Nicola said ... (20:46) : 

That's interesting - it looks like the fassade has been added afterwards to hide the church itself...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (13:33) : 

Romour has it that the building was clad in brickwork in victorian times, then in 1915 there came a Zeppellin air raid, and the building was very badly damaged.

The workman removed all the outside brickwork, and found, almost undamaged the tudor wooden building hidden beneath . . . .

The church was built in 1234, very easy year to remember, based on a roman design for civic court building. The only older place of worship in London is the Church with the Tower of London.

The reason the graveyard is above the level of the church was in Victorian times, burial space was at a premium, and to allow them to bury more bodies, they just piled more earth on top ...


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