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Historic London Churches

All Hallows London Wall - Little Stanmore, St Lawrence Church

An A-Z of historic or architecturally significant churches to visit in London. Note that most are relatively modern. This is due to the horrible destruction of the Great Fire in 1666, which burned some 100 churches in London. So most of the churches you can see today date from the late 17th or early 18th century.


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All Hallows London Wall


An 18th century church built by George Dance the Younger. The churchyard is bounded by one of the few remaining sections of the original London Wall.
83 London Wall, London, Greater London, England, EC2M 5ND

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All Hallows Staining


An historic medieval church, beloved of Queen Elizabeth I. Little save the tower now remains from this early church, believed to be one of the first built in the City of London. Certainly it was in existence in the 16th century, for Princess Elizabeth, later Elizabeth I, donated new bell ropes to the church. The princess said that the bells of All Hallows had been music to her ears during the time she spent incarcerated by her sister Mary in the Tower of London. One of those famous bells, dated to 1458, is preserved at Grocers Hall, London.
Mark Lane, London, Greater London, England, EC3R 7AA

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All Hallows-by-the-Tower


Samuel Pepys climbed the tower of All Hallows to look upon the destruction of the Great Fire. The church, which dates from the 12th-15th centuries, survived the flames but was badly damaged in the Blitz. Thankfully, the font cover, crafted by master woodcarver Grinling Gibbons, was untouched by the bombs. In the crypt there is evidence of Roman paving, and stones from the 7th century Saxon church that stood here.
Byward Street, London, Greater London, England, EC3R 5BJ

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All Saints, Margaret Street


A masterpiece of Victorian Gothic style by one of Victorian England's most accomplished architects, William Butterfield. All Saints was begun in 1849 with money provided by AJ Beresford Hope, a wealthy businessman who shared Butterfield's enthusiasms for the newly popular Tractarian theology. Butterfield was a staunch Catholic with firm ideas about what constituted proper church architecture. In the All Saint's project he found a wonderful opportunity to express his religious principles allied with his natural flair for architecture.
7 Margaret Street, London, Greater London, England, W1W 8JG

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All Soul's Church, London


Classical design by John Nash built in 1822 as part of his vision for developing Regent Street. A circular portico is topped by a remarkable needle spire.
2 All Souls Place, London, Greater London, England, W1B 3DA

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Brompton Oratory


An ornate (that's putting it mildly!) Italian Catholic church built in 1884. Within the Oratory is a magnificent organ containing nearly 4000 pipes. The church has the third widest nave in Britain after Westminster Abbey and York Minster. The true name of this extraordinary Roman Catholic church is the Oratory of St Philip Neri, but it is more commonly, though inaccurately, referred to as the Brompton Oratory. The church was begun in 1878 and the striking dome was finished by 1896 in flamboyant Baroque style.
The London Oratory, Brompton Road London, Greater London, England, SW7 2RP

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Chelsea Old Church (All Saints)

Chelsea Old Church (All Saints)


Standing just a few yards from the River Thames, this historic church has a history going back into the depths of the Dark ages. There was almost certainly a church in this spot by the 8th century, and it served as the parish church for Chelsea before the area was absorbed into the growing London metropolis.
64 Cheyne Walk, London, Greater London, England, SW3 5LT

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Holy Trinity, Sloane Street


Arts and Crafts style church with superb stained-glass windows executed by Edward Burne-Jones.
Sloane Street, London, Greater London, England, SW1X 9BZ

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Kingsbury, St Andrew's Old Church

Kingsbury, St Andrew's Old Church


Likely the oldest building in the borough of Brent, Greater London, the redundant Old Church of St Andrew in Kingsbury probably predates the Norman Conquest, and Roman remains have been found near the site. The church stands in a treed area close by the Victorian church that took its place.
Old Church Lane, Kingsbury London, Brent, Greater London, England, NW9 8RU

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Little Stanmore, St Lawrence Church

Little Stanmore, St Lawrence Church


A Baroque masterpiece of a church, erected by James Bridges, later the first Duke of Chandos, around 1715. Chandos rose from relative obscurity as the son of a Herefordshire squire to become one of the richest men in England. He just as quickly lost his fortune, but more on that in a moment.
Whitchurch Lane, Little Stanmore London, Greater London, England, HA8 6RB

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