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Old St Pancras Church, London

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St Pancras Old Church is a Church of England parish church in Somers Town, central London. It is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras, and is believed by many to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The church is situated on Pancras Road in the London Borough of Camden, with the surrounding area and its international railway station taking its name. St Pancras Old Church, which was largely rebuilt in the Victorian era, should not be confused with St Pancras New Church about a kilometre away, on the Euston Road.HistoryParishOriginally, the parish of St Pancras stretched from close to Oxford Street almost to Highgate. In the early Middle Ages there was a centre of population in the vicinity of what is now known as the old church. However, in the 14th century the population abandoned the site and moved to what is now Kentish Town. The reasons for this were probably the vulnerability of the plain around the church to flooding (the River Fleet, which is now underground, runs through it) and the availability of better wells at Kentish Town, where there is less clay in the soil. The church subsequently fell into disrepair. Towards the end of the 18th century, services were only held in the church on one Sunday each month; on other weeks, the same congregation would use a chapel in Kentish Town. It lost its status as the parish church when the New Church on what was to become the Euston Road was consecrated in 1822, and became a chapel of ease.
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  • Fantastic music venue. Very intimate with superb acoustics. Oh, and Clare was absolutely magical !!!  more »
  • Little hidden behind Kings Cross lies this pretty little church. Architecture isn't as spectacular as St Pancras itself but the park surrounding the church is worth a visit. Tomb stones as old as 300 ...  more »
  • Didn't visit the church itself, but got to wander the church yard. It is a pretty fascinating area, with the Hardy Tree and other grave markers, and while being so close to the busy hubbub of urban Lo...  more »
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  • Love this old church. The history that oozes from every corner transport you to a.different time. Is a beautiful place to visit either for a quiet contemplating session or to listen to music. This is one of the hidden treasure of London.
  • Just discovered this calm oasis fe minutes from busy King's Cross. A 11th century church, the bell tower was added later. There is a lovely park around it.
  • Beautiful small church. In the gardens Sir John Sloane's mausoleum and a bench where the Beatles sat.
  • Lovely little cemetery (a park, really) definitely stop if you're near by.
  • Lovely and ancient church in a beautiful spot

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