The London Undone ‘City of London Churches’ podcast series:
A journey around the magnificent and many churches of the City of London.
Learn about their histories, architecture, associations, features and their spiritual lives today.
Each episode will be released weekly during 2019. Either hear each episode by clicking on the main image on the HOME page or scroll down this page to listen them.
Before we get properly started with this series it is worth listening to this introduction. Here you will learn about the broad history of the City of London churches and get some useful background information on this subject. Hopefully it will help you appreciate and understand them a bit more and will give you some context.
1. This first episode tells the story of All Hallows by the Tower. Is this the oldest church in the City of London? Hear about its many American connections and its strange ceremonies.
With thanks to Adey Grummet at All Hallows by the Tower.
2. This week we head to St Mary Woolnoth: austere on the outside, cosy on the inside. This is the only church in the City of London that is the work of Nicholas Hawksmoor.
With thanks to Melina Herman from the Cosy Coffee Corner and Tony Tucker from Friends of City Churches and the author of The Visitors Guide to City of London Churches.
3. Listen to the sounds and the special ceremonies at St Magnus the Martyr. Find out why the congregation takes its prayers to London Bridge. With thanks to Brian Evans from the Friends of the City Churches, Fr Philip Warner, Alex Rayner and Tyler Hills from the church.
4. The tower of St Magnus the Martyr contains 12 bells cast in the now defunct Whitechapel Bell Foundry. In this episode, the unusually named Ancient Society of College Youths tell us about the churches wobbling tower and the skills needed to ring them. With thanks to Henry, Ryan and Swaz from the Society.
5. Another Christopher Wren church, St Margaret Pattens today is dwarfed by the tall buildings around it. Nevertheless its tall lead spire still pricks the City skyline and retains its elegance. Hear about its association with the death of Charles I, King and Martyr… and some submariners. Thanks to Church Watcher, Becky Banfield and Christopher Moore from the church.
6. Alongside a busy City road stands a ruined Christopher Wren church with plants growing inside it. Listen and you’ll find that this is a church with a new and different mission. With thanks to Marion Blair from Friends of City Gardens and Tony Tucker from Friends of City Churches.
7. The movement and colours of the magnificent modern windows of this Christopher Wren church are a sight for sore eyes as the scenes they depict slowly emerge the more you look at them. Look closely at another window and you’ll see the story of local man Dick Whittington. He was real!
With thanks to Alexandra Epps, City of London Art Guide and Steve Welsh, Church Watcher.
8. This small cosy church is full of quirky features and unusual associations. Tune in to hear about Shakespeare, weird graffiti, celebrity weddings, heralds and women playwrights. On top of that, a warm welcome and rousing music awaits you in this Welsh Church from its congregants and its vicar, whether you speak the language or not. With thanks to the warm welcome from Aneirin Glyn and his church congregants and to Signe Hoffos from the Friends of the City Churches.
9. Don’t overlook this small City of London church with some unusual features, old and new. It’s also the home of a rare ecumenical community.
With thanks to Julie Dunstan from the London Centre for Spiritual Development and to Tony Tucker from the Friends of the City Churches.
10. Q: What do a Scottish saint, Shakespeare, the Indian Orthodox Church and a King’s wardrobe all have in common?
A: St Andrew by the Wardrobe. This is another Christopher Wren church. Approached from the north it is hard to find through alleyways but from the south it looks like a castle on a hill.
With thanks to Fr Abraham Thomas from the Indian Orthodox Church and Judy Stephenson from the Friends of City Churches.
11. One of three remaining churches dedicated to St Botolph in the City of London, this one may seem plain on the outside but it is full of Georgian surprises inside! Tune in to hear the Scottish style acapella singing by the Presbyterians who use the church every Sunday.
With thanks to Brian Evans from the Friends of the City Churches, Iain McDonald and Laura Bol from the London City Presbyterian Church http://www.lcpc.org.uk