Willesden Junction

Golborne Road

Violence and War

London bridge (part ten)

Marble statue of a tirthankara

Kentish Town

Ivory chess piece in the shape of a seated king

A prison is a grave to bury men alive

Hampton Court Bridge (part one)

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Calcite-alabaster stela

Pytney bridge (part three)

Tufnell Park

Codex Zouche-Nuttall

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The famous railway station that was opened in 1868 took its name from an ancient parish that developed rapidly in Georgian times. A bigger church was needed and the result was a remarkable Greek Revival building, which was built in 1819-22 to the designs of William Inwood and his son, Henry William. Henry William Inwood travelled to Greece to study Classical buildings. In 1827 he published The Erechtheon at Athens, whose details he had duly copied in Upper Woburn Place.
St Georges Bloomsbury

A patron saint, a new monarch and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world are all celebrated in the fabric of St Georges, Bloomsbury. It is regarded as one of the most authentically Classical churches in London. Its architect was Nicholas Hawksmoor, whose usual vigorous style produced here a deep portico that has been admired as the most Roman of its type in London, and whose stepped spire is based on Plinys account of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. St Georges was built under the Fifty New Churches Act.
St Etheldredas

St Etheldredas was originally the chapel in a palace of the Bishops of Ely, and recalls the pre-Reformation days when most mediaeval bishops, abbots and priors kept large houses in London; Lambeth Palace is the great survivor of such houses today.
Westminster Methodist Central Hall
It might seem strange that a building of secular appearance that housed the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, should be one the Methodisms chief centres. It was opened in 1912 as the eventual result of a wish in 1891 to mark the centenary of John Wesleys death. In 1898 the Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund was set up; it was popularly known as the Million Guinea Fund because a million Methodists were encouraged to give a guinea each. Messrs Lanchester & Rickards won the completion to design the new building, and it was built in 1905-12.
Westminster, St Johns

Although Queen Anne likened it to a footstool and Dickens lampooned it as some petrified monster, frightful and gigantic, on its back with its legs in the air, St Johns is nevertheless one of the Londons most important Baroque buildings. It was built in 1713-28 under the Fifty New Churches Act to the designs of Thomas Archer. St Johns was bombed in 1941 and was restored by Marshall Sisson only in 1965-9, for use as a concert hall.
St Pauls Church (Bedford Street)

One of the great first encounters in 20th-century theatre is that between Professor Henry Higgins and the flower-girl Eliza Doolittle in Shaws Pygmalion. It takes place beneath the portico of St Pauls, Covent Garden, an apt theatrical setting for a church close to so many theatres. St Pauls has become known as the actors church and has a large number of theatrical memorials.
St Martin-in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square is so central and important a public apace in central London that the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields at its north-east corner seems to have the most prominent site of any church in the city. Since Dick Sheppards time as Vicar (1914-27), it has also had a national and international role, through its broadcasting, publications and music.
St Margarets Church

The parish church of the House of Commons, St Margarets stands between Westminster Abbey and the House of Parliament, and owes its prominence to both. For centuries it has been run in tandem with the abbey; indeed, it was founded to serve the layfolk who lived around the great monastery.
St Georges

The dedication of this fashionable London church and the name of the nearby square are trumpetings of King George I, the first monarch of the House of Hanover. A great ornament of his court, George Frederick Handel, the famous composer, was a parishioner here from 1724 to 1759. Handels house still stands in Brook Street (next door, incongruously, to that of Jimi Hendrix).
St Cyprians

St Cyprians owes its existence to a distinguished priest, Charles Gutch, who nevertheless died before it was built. He was an Anglo-Catholic pioneer, who settled in St Marylebone in 1866. He ran a highly successful parish for 30 years a hero of the Victorian Church and he ought to have been able to build a permanent church.