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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  • This is probably the most iconic and beautiful building in the Spitalfields area, a beautiful design by Hawksmoor. Unfortunately, the church was closed when we tried to visit in the break between Chri...  more »
  • Visited after the Brick Lane market because I had read the book by Nicoletta Agnello Hornby, I adore the English Gothic and this has absolutely nothing with it, is more of a northern European Baroque, though I must say it is nice with a beautiful body that I would like help to hear sound. It is also used for activities other than religious ones, when we were there, was trying a band of young people (religious repertoire but very modern) you would be performed 2 hours later and there was already a classic tea. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
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  • We've been going here for a while now. It's a spectacular building, and has a great cafe too. The highlight by far is the 5pm Sunday service they run. Great music, friendly people, and free food and d...  more »
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  • This beautiful Nicholas Hawksmoor church is an oasis of calm in the ocean of turmoil that is the City of London. I was in here for nearly an hour, Heard the organist giving the church organ a bit of a workout. It sounded divine. Well worth a visit.
  • Stunning, imposing church by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Well worth a quick visit if you're at Spitalfields Market
  • 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.
  • Cool old church, iconic
  • 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.
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