St Bartholomew The Great Church - London

by Riyaz June. 08, 2014 4530 views

Saint Bartholomew the Great is one of London's oldest churches. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is an Anglican/Episcopal Church in that part of London known as the City.

The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, contains a large number of restaurants, bars & pubs. At its heart is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and both World Wars unscathed.

Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including The Hollow Crown.

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Sadhya Rippon 7 years, 3 months ago

It is indeed a wonderful building.

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Helen Hooker 7 years, 3 months ago

Great work. I've often thought I should do a project on the old churches in London - there are so many of them hidden away.

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Livelovelaugh 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow! That is a gorgeous church! You captured it's unique architecture beautifully. Thank you for the history. This is a part of London that I'll need to explore. :)

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