Willesden Junction

Golborne Road

Violence and War

London bridge (part ten)

Marble statue of a tirthankara

Kentish Town

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Pytney bridge (part three)

Tufnell Park

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Amidst the lanes and courtyards of the Inner and Middle Temple, between Fleet Street and the Thames, there is a historical gem: the Temple Church, a rare surviving example of a Norman round church, which was consecrated by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, in 1185. It also possesses a distinguished Early English chancel, which is an even more exceptional survival for central London, and it has an interesting collection of mediaeval effigies.
St Stephen Walbrook

Wren's most remarkable parish church was built in 1672-80, with the steeple added in 1713-17. The exterior is to a large extent hidden behind the Mansion House and is markedly plain. Only the steeple deserves notice. To the south of the tower a door beneath a garlanded oval window leads up a flight of steps into a west apse, which is screened from the interior proper by a substantial door-case.
St Mary-le-Bow

Cheapside was the City's main street and market-place ('cheap' or 'chipping' in a place-name refers to a market) and a scene of mediaeval riots. Wren acknowledged its importance by designing for it his grandest steeple. St Mary-le-Bow cost more to rebuild than any other parish church after the Great Fire, and almost half of the money was spent on the steeple. It is a proud structure, 70 metres (230 feet) high and surmounted by a dragon vane 2.7 metres (9 feet) long, which dominates the modern office blocks just as much as it presided over the houses and shops of Restoration London.
St Magnus the Martyr

The church stands on the south side of one of the City's busiest roads, a dual carriageway, and in the shadow of Adelaide House, a huge office block of 1921-4. Originally, however, it had a most prominent site, for it stood at the north end of Old London Bridge and appears in numerous Georgian paintings of the river. After the houses and shops had been removed from the bridge in 1760, and the northern approach had been widened, the footway on the downstream side actually went under the church's tower.
St Katharine Cree

St Katharine's is in a category by itself, for it was built in 1628-31 in a mixture of Gothic and Classical styles which has no parallel in London's churches. It was built in that brief period when William Laud was the Bishop of London, and when efforts were made to restore and enrich church buildings that had suffered the depredations of the Tudor Reformation. Laud consecrated the church on 31 January 1631.
St Helen's Bishopsgate

St Helen's is a precious survivor in the City from before the Great Fire and a survivor, too, of modern bomb outrages. It has the best collection of monuments of any parish church in the capital, earning it the label 'the Westminster Abbey of the City'.
St Bride's Fleet Street

Few churches anywhere can have had so remarkable a roll-call of literary and artistic parishioners as St Bride's, and as Fleet Street was until lately the home of national newspapers, the church was the industry's parish church.
St Bartholomew the Great (West Smithfield)

The mediaeval City of London had many monasteries, but this is the only major one whose church survives, and moreover the greater part of the standing fabric is Norman. The Priory and Hospital of St Bartholomew were founded in the early 12th century by Rahere, a prebendary of St Paul's and a courtier of King Henry I, after he had recovered from a life-threatening illness on a visit to Rome.
All Hallows by the Tower

The oldest standing fabric of any London church is to be found at All Hallows'. A tall, narrow arch built of 'recycled' Roman tiles in the south-west corner could be part of a 7th-century church belonging to the great abbey at Barking, miles away across the Essex creeks and marshes. The church has therefore also been known for centuries as All Hallows Barking.
St Paul's Cathedral (part two)

The great pulpit on the south-east of the crossing was designed by Lord Mottistone in 1960: an exuberant essay in the Wren style, but with a much larger and heavier tester than we see in the City's parish churches. The traditional eagle lectern to the west of the crossing is by Jacob Sutton, 1720. The four statues in the angles between the aisles form a set agreed by the Dean and Chapter in the 1790s.