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Few acres of London have had so eventful a past as those that make up the ancient town of Southwark. The town's raison d'etre was London Bridge, which was London's only bridge from Roman times until as recently as 1750. Southwark was London's gateway from the south. The cathedral has stood sentinel over this southern approach for over a thousand years. Chaucer's pilgrims, Shakespeare's plays, the mediaeval rebellions of Wat Tyler and Jack Cade, and the mediaeval palace of the powerful Bishops of Winchester have all been part of the story of its ancient parish.
St Paul's Church (Diamond Way, off Deptford High Street)

Sir John Betjeman once called this church 'a pearl in the heart of Deptford'. It is an exuberant Baroque building in Portland stone, which was designed by Thomas Archer and built in 1713-30 under the Fifty New Churches Act. The old maritime district it serves has been much battered by redevelopment and war, and it was the setting of an immense pastoral effort by the late Canon David Diamond, Rector from 1969 to 1992.
St Mary-at-Lambeth

St Mary's has been run since 1979 by the Tradescant Trust as the Garden Museum, for in its churchyard there lie buried those famous pioneers of English horticulture, John Tradescant (c.1570-1638) and his son, also John (1608-62), gardeners to the monarchs and magnates of Stuart England. West of their tomb stands the monument of William Bligh, who was the master of the Bounty in 1789 when the notorious mutiny took place. His house still stands in Lambeth Road.
St Mary Abbots (Kensington Church Street)

The proud spire rises to 85 metres (278 ft), the highest in London. Kensington is a very prosperous part of London today. Sir George Gilbert Scott's church of 1868-72 mirrors that status. St Mary's first noticeable feature is the vaulted cloister that crosses the churchyard. This was added in 1889-93 by J. T. Micklethwaite and Somers Clarke.
London Oratory (Brompton Road)

The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by St Philip Neri (1515-95) as part of the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church after the Reformation, The Oratory was brought into England in 1848 by Cardinal Newman (1801-90), but he settled in Birmingham, and it was therefore his fellow convert from the Church of England, Frederick William Faber (1814-63), who set up the London Oratory in South Kensington.
St Nicholas's (part two)

The church we see today largely dates from a rebuilding of 1697 by Charley Stanton. It is of red brick with stone dressings. The exception is the tower of Kentish ragstone, which has survived from the late Middle Ages. Its upper part was rebuilt by George Parker in 1903-4. The church was bombed and gutted in the Blitz. Restoration by Thomas F Ford and Partners was completed in 1958.
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Wesley's Chapel

John Wesley (1703-91) was one of the greatest figures in English Christian history, for he founded and led the huge new movement of Methodism, and throughout his adult life travelled and preached all over England and also in North America. He was the son of an Anglican parson, and his rescue from fire as a child made him think that he had a special destiny.
St Alfege

It is a rare church in England, let alone London, that can claim to be built on the site of the martyrdom of the saint after whom it is named. In this case, St Alfege was martyred at Greenwich by the Vikings on 9 April 1012. A slab in the pavement of the chancel commemorates the event.
Old Royal Naval College Chapel

The great palace by the river at Greenwich, which Sir Christopher Wren and other architects built for pensioners of the Royal Navy and which long housed the Royal Naval College, is one of London’s most significant buildings. King William III gave the site and existing buildings for use as a Naval Hospital, to match the Royal Hospital for soldiers at Chelsea.