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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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  • A beautiful small church with tons of history and an even more interesting graveyard. The church is open to all and very welcoming, the graveyard contains some famous and uniquely interesting graves. ...  more »
  • Tucked away behind stations is a little gem. There are historical facts placed around grounds. Church was locked when we were there although services were advertised.  more »
  • Lovely place to visit if you have a while to wait before a train - its a short walk from the main station at Kings Cross. We went looking for the Hardy Tree but its nice to walk around in general anyw...  more »
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  • Mystical and melancholic mound shrouded in a disquieting atmosphere. Offering a ruminative respite from the hectic resurrected Kings Cross and St. Pancras travel hubs. Here numerous historic associations and reverberations redound through the ages. London's ancient beating heartland. Now..... do yourself a favour.
  • Stands out as an island of peace in a fast moving world.
  • On the few actions I have attended morning prayers there has been a special peace warmth of Gods spirit there while the Rest of London rushes on.
  • Small church, huge history. Free entrance, donations welcome. Situated in a small park
  • Modest little church, worth a visit for its interesting grounds with some graves, monuments and tombs of famous figures.