Christ Church Spitalfields, London

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Christ Church Spitalfields, is an Anglican church built between 1714 and 1729 to a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Situated on Commercial Street, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, on its western border and facing the City of London, it was one of the first (and arguably one of the finest) of the so-called "Commissioners' Churches" built for the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches, which had been established by an Act of Parliament in 1711.The purpose of the Commission was to acquire sites and build fifty new churches to serve London's new settlements. This parish was carved out of the huge medieval Stepney parish for an area then dominated by Huguenots (French Protestants and other 'dissenters' who owed no allegiance to the Church of England and thus to the King) as a show of Anglican authority. Some Huguenots used it for baptisms, marriages and burials but not for everyday worship, preferring their own chapels (their chapels were severely plain compared with the bombastic English Baroque style of Christ Church) though increasingly they assimilated into English life and Anglican worship—which was in the eighteenth century relatively plain.The Commissioners for the new churches included Christopher Wren, Thomas Archer and John Vanbrugh appointed two surveyors, one of whom was Nicholas Hawksmoor. Only twelve of the planned fifty churches were built, of which six were designed by Hawksmoor.
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  • The sense of peace and quiet here is very marked amid the hustle and bustle of the outside world; come here to reflect and to rest. The church has undergone an astonishing renovation and the Richard B...  more »
  • This is a very fine church which is worth a visit if you are in the area. There is a cafe in the crypt. It is a deceptively large church with balconies. A fine example of the architecture of Hawksmoor...  more »
  • This church stands proudly in the middle of the neighborhood of Jack the Ripper. Outside, it looks austere but inside, we discover a place of worship pleasing.
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  • Christchurch retains its authoritative dominance and emblematic presence over a changing streetscape. Seen to best advantage and impact by approaching along Brushfield Street from Bishopsgate. Inscrutable, still packs a punch on this stretch of reinvented London despite all contenders.
  • Incredible service , will make you feel alive again
  • This church kept my attention strongly the first time ever that I walked in the streets of London. I was in bishopsgate street, the first street ever of London that I walked in. I saw Christ Church spitalfields on the right (not knowing even the name of this church nor its history) and I felt strongly attracted to it and took a few pics. Definitely magnetism. A place that it is more than what it seems.
  • Beautifully tranquil and calm. Nice coffee. Proper WiFi (no daft log in required). Loos. And you can pay by card.
  • Beautiful Hawksmoor work.

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