Google+ London Architecture Blog: Daily Focus #11 St. Bartholomew the Great Church, City of London

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Daily Focus #11 St. Bartholomew the Great Church, City of London

Timber gateway to the church from West Smithfield.
Photograph courtesy Tony Avon (L'habitant) via Flickr.



The Church of St, Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, City of London was established in 1123 by Rahere and originally formed part of a priory with St. Bartholomew's Hospital. The crossing, choir and cloister survived the part demolition of the church in 1543 and remain as part of the current building. There is also a 16th century Tudor timber gatehouse fronting onto West Smithfield which provides access to the churchyard to the west of the church.. During the 19th century, the church fell into a state of disrepair until it was restored by Aston Webb in the late 19th century and it was then restored again in the 1930s and 1940s. Today the church continues to be used for worship and has featured in a number of recent films.


Interior of the church with the altar in the centre and the tomb of Rahere on the left hand side. Photograph courtesy Tony Avon (L'habitant) via Flickr.
The cloister. Photograph courtesy Tony Avon (L'habitant) via Flickr.
Entrance to the church. Photograph is authors own.

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