Bread shelves, pendulum-like chandelier from the West Indies, palindromes and a creepy crypt. What more could reside a City church?
You have to travel to another continent to find St Mary Aldermanbury, but here you'll find wildlife, horses, birds, swamp cypress trees and a memorial to those who brought us William Shakespeare.
The Dutch Church is one of the most hidden of the City churches and one of the newest… but its history stretches back to the 16th century and its internal features are extraordinary.
Hidden behind bushes and trees, the red bricks of St Anne & St Agnes can only be glimpsed, but push your way through and you'll be rewarded by architectural beauty and musical delights.
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... another Christopher Wren church. Approached from the north it's hard to find through alleyways but from the south it looks like a castle on a hill.
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.
This small cosy church is full of quirky features and unusual associations. Tune in to hear about Shakespeare, 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.
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!
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.
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.
Listen to the sounds and the special ceremonies at St Magnus the Martyr. Find out why the congregation takes its prayers to London Bridge.
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.
The London Undone ‘City of London Churches’ podcast series: A […]
This 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.