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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 the eastern 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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  • Everything about my experience was lukewarm: the soup - which by the way too about 3 mouthfuls to finish (increase your portion size.. I don't even think the plate pictures below counts as a bowl!!) -...  more »
  • What a fabulous historic church. Supposedly the best of the 50 city churches that were commissioned by royal appointment and paid for by a coal tax. Building commenced 1715. Amazing plasterwork and 18...  more »
  • Nicholas hawksmoor protege of Sir Christopher Wren built 6 churches as a result of a parliamentary act In 1711. This act of parliament required the building of 50 new churches in London. This is the f...  more »
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  • The architecture is impressive and the facade well maintained. It looks particularly good on a sunny day like this. I haven't been inside so I can't judge that aspect.
  • Go out and take a look at Fournier St n.11½ (just out there). Then go to drink until you'll see God.
  • despite the over development of the area this church stands stately and the test of time. i love photography during a full moon here
  • Christchurch retains its authoritative dominance over a changing streetscape. Seen to best advantage by approaching down Brushfield Street from Bishopsgate.
  • Arguably Hawksmoor's masterpiece this church dominates the neighborhood like a great brooding eagle. Fans of Alan Moore and "From Hell" are obligated to make a proper pilgrimage to this moody and powerful structure. The Ripper tours constantly filing past provide a bit of a tacky counterpoint to this reaching otherworldly spire.