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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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  • I came here to go to a concert and was very impressed. It's just a short walk from St Pancras station on the road that takes you to Mornington Crescent tube station. It's a lovely church and the conce...  more »
  • It is a small but beautiful church that is worth visiting. Is behind the back of Saint Pancras station, and in a beautiful setting of a small park with ancient tombs, including the tomb of John Soane, which curiously was the origin of the traditional red telephone booths, and Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, famous for themselves and also by the parents of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley creator of the Frankenstein myth. You can also see in the Park the "Hardy tree", full of gravestones, it impressed to see it. Dickens frequented the place, and spoke of it in his "Historia de dos ciudades" novel in the park there is also a bank with a plate that has the Beatles sat on it for a photo shoot. In short, a curious visit to his miscellany.
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  • If it wasn't for a friend so I'd about this place had no idea. Speculation that there existed a phone booth I come a little bit funny, but I suppose it's possible:-) Tourists do not visit much of this attraction, the neighborhood is quiet.
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  • Historically important Grade l Listed Greek Revival church distinguished by those solemn and sombre caryatids. Despite the grit 'n grime coating the exterior find a surprising light and airy interior and crypt that hosts exhibitions and events. Mind the toxic miasma spewing from Euston road, hold you breath and spare a worthwhile moment.
  • I was genuinely surprised by this church. The only regret I have is that my visit was curtailed by the need to rush off to catch a train. Impressive without being imposing, it is well worth visiting on its own account, not just to kill time before travelling North. Although, of course, such travellers are welcomed as well.
  • Visibly eye catching exterior but far better clean and receptively serene atmosphere interior. Calm and peaceful attendance assured.
  • Nice architecture, a good stop from the the hustle an bustle......quiet place to contemplate
  • Fun fact, the statues holding up the church were actually casted wrongly and had to be shaved at the shoulders to fit the head hence the proportion is a little stocky

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