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Friday, November 30, 2012

Contrasts - St Mary Magdalen

You begin to see why this is a journey of contrasts. St Mary Magdalen lays claim to being the oldest Normal Norman church in regular use in London, it certainly dates from the 12th century, probably earlier. This is still in East Ham, and the grounds around it have been turned into a nature reserve.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 4

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:13) : 

Oldest "Normal" church? Is the capital letter deliberate?

Depends what you mean by "normal", I suppose. St Peter upon Cornhill was reputedly founded in 179, but rebuilt in the 17th century. How about All Hallows-by-the-Tower (reputedly founded 675)? Or St Bartholomew the Great (1123)? Or Temple Church (1185)?


Blogger Ham said ... (12:26) : 

The capital letter is deliberate, but the "L" at the end wasn' now makes more sense.

As you say, it isn't the oldest, but it is possibly the oldest Norman church.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (14:10) : 

Ah - I did wonder. No earlier than 1066 then!


Blogger Tanya Breese said ... (19:30) : 

it's beautiful!


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