All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower, London

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See ancient artifacts at All Hallows Barking-by-the-Tower, one of the city's oldest churches. Founded in 675 by the Saxon Abbey at Barking, the structure contains the arch of the original Saxon church. Made with recycled Roman tiles, the 7th-century arch predates any other surviving piece of church material. Visit the crypt museum underneath the church, which features religious and historical artifacts, including an ancient Roman road. Walk through the church's cemetery, where several people beheaded at the Tower of London are buried, including Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher, and Archbishop Laud. Take a guided tour to learn more about the church's history, or download an audio tour before your visit. Make your London itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • August 14, 2017
    If you miss this little gem of an ANCIENT church shame on you. It’s right across from the Tower of London and I wound up spending a delightful (and completely unaccompanied by others) hour or so with ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Visited on a weekday afternoon because my wife's family had a connection to this church. No lines. No fancy signs. No admission fee, although donations are accepted. This is the oldest church in the c...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    London Tower-Kingsford Smith without a three-minute walk to the Prada London in 675, built over more than 1300 years history of the ancient Church of San Francisco. Church which was rebuilt in 1658, but retained first built Brick stones and articles in time. Between games is not ancient church history, Ningbo felt something walk participant views.
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  • A must for lest you will miss a lot. Really historic with an excellent museum free and open to all. Good books associated with history also available in bookshop within. A real treat that would linger in memory.
  • Really worth a visit! Go down to the crypt to see old brick road from roman time, altar and much more.
  • We stumbled across this place, not in many guide books and when we visted it was empty. It has an amazing crypt with some great roman artefacts. Must visit!
  • A hiddem gem. My wife and I went here before the Tower. An archeological wonder. I got to see a Roman pavement, up close, without the crowds. There is thousands of years of history in a lovely operating church in such a significant area of London. Leave a donation here because your money is better spent here than on the tawdry overpriced souvenirs at the Tower of London.
  • What an interesting Church. I spoke to the Vicar who was an exceedingly nice chap. He very kindly told me the Crypt was open which I would have missed out on. What a hidden gem down there and totally fascinating. Think people may be put off trying to cross Byward Street due to all the traffic chaos, heavy lorries etc. DO NOT be put off you will really be missing out and spend some time in this very special Church. I work a lot of weekends but hope to get down to a service as soon as I have time. Very highly recommended place to visit.

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