All Hallows London Wall
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
All Hallows, built in 1765, is the work of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825), son of the designer of Mansion House, London. The younger Dance was only 24 when he designed this delightful little church, tucked in beside the old Roman Wall of the City of London. In the churchyard are traces of the Roman wall, indicating the great antiquity of the site.
The church itself is understated, almost plain, on the exterior, yet deliciously airy and light inside, with fluted Ionic columns supporting the vault.
Dance was heavily influenced by Italian classical design in his work, and later went on to become a founding member of the Royal Academy, and Clerk of the City Works for London, succeeding his father in that post. He later designed the infamous Newgate Prison (now destroyed).
The church suffered minor damage by bombs during the Blitz, but the restoration was sympathetically performed and does not detract from the overall effect of Dance's work.
I visited All Hallows while an art exhibition was taking place, and the interior was filled with flowing lace cloth, giving the Georgian interior an almost ethereal look. The interior is not awe-inspiring, but beautifully understated, with wonderful classical columns projecting from the walls, rising up to an ornately carved barrel-vaulted ceiling.
At the east end, the rounded apse echoes the same curving lines as the ceiling. This is a lovely period-piece, with excellent woodwork and beautifully crafted 18th-century details.
About All Hallows London Wall
Address: 83 London Wall, London, Greater London, England, EC2M 5ND
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: All Hallows London Wall
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Nearest station: Liverpool Street - 0.1 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
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