St. Bride’s Church, London

St. Bride’s maybe one of the oldest churches in London, with worship dating back to the 7th century. It is believed that as the patron saint is Bridget of Ireland, it may have been founded by Celtic monks. The current church is at least the seventh building to stand on this site and was designed…

Brompton Oratory, London

Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster…

St. Vedast-alias-Foster, London

This church is located in the City of London and dedicated to St. Vedast, a French saint whose cult arrived in England through contacts with Augustinian clergy. Foster is the Anglicisation of the name ‘Vaast’, as the saint is known on the continent. The church was founded in 1308 and was later repaired in 1662….

23rd – 26th August, 2019

Spent the August Bank Holiday weekend down in London so I could attend a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. I have done this over the past few years always enjoy the weekend as the weather has always been rather kind. This year was…

All Saints Margaret Street, London

This is an Anglican church situated on Margaret Street in the Fitzrovia area of London. The church was built between 1850 and 1859 and was designed by the architect, William Butterfield. It has been hailed as Butterfield’s masterpiece and also a pioneering building of the High Victorian Gothic Style. The foundation stone was laid on…

20th – 22nd December, 2018

Arrived safely into London on the afternoon of the 19th and headed directly to my cousins’ in Worcester Park. It was nice to catch up with them especially this close to Christmas. As well as coming here to visit them, I had also arranged to visit an exhibition at the British Museum on Friday morning….

17th – 19th December, 2018

After leaving Gloucester, I then headed down to Bristol for the next part of my vacation. I spent 3 months during this year’s hot summer so it was interesting to be back here in winter. Preparations were in full swing for Christmas and there was a wonderful German-style market in the Broadmead area. On the…

St. Dunstan-in-the-West, London

This Anglican church is situated in Farringdon Without, City of London. The church was first founded between 988 and 1070. It is one of two churches, at opposite ends of the City, dedicated to this saint. St. Dunstan was a Saxon Abbot of Glastonbury and Archbishop of Canterbury. The medieval church survived the Great Fire…

St. Clement Danes, London

This Anglican church is situated in the City of Westminster outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. It was founded in the 9th century by Danish settlers who being of a seafaring nation, dedicated the church to St. Clement, patron saint of mariners. Although the Great Fire of 1666 did not reach the…

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is an Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery. It was founded in the 7th century and was reorganised in the 10th century being rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. Major restoration was carried out during the 19th century. The Abbey was one of the last English buildings to built in the…

St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an Anglican church situated on the north-eastern corner of Trafalgar Square in the City of Westminster, London. There has been a church situated on this site since medieval times and the current building dates from 1722-26. The church was designed by James Gibbs in the Neoclassical style. The west front has a…

St. Bartholomew-the-Great, London

Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great This church, founded as an Augustinian Priory in 1123 by Rahere, is situated in the West Smithfield area of the City of London. It is one of the oldest surviving churches in the City and is the outstanding Norman church despite many restorations. The church partially survived the…