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Old St Pancras Church, London

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4.8/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
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 had a bit of time to waste before my train so decided to take a walk to along Pancras Road to see this old church. It is an easy 5 minute walk on level ground although there are steps up to the chur...  read more »
  • Good place to visit but could be easily missed. This is a very old church known for the Hardy Tree created by Thomas Hardy as a way of locating the graves for the railways. There is a lot more to this...  read more »
  • We had a lovely wander into this peaceful church ground and noted that it's really old, dated way back in the 4th century thus making it one of the most ancient site in Europe. Thomas Hardy, the novel...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I was married here in June 1958. A wonderful day, sunny and warm in a beautiful setting. The Vicar who married us was a kindly man. About 100 guests enjoyed the ceremony. Unfortunately, my husband died after 54 years together - we had happy memories of the day and a very happy marriage.
  • Beautiful 12th-century Church that doubles up as a great intimate music venue. If someone you like is playing here don't miss it, it's special.
  • Modest little church, worth a visit for its interesting grounds with some graves, monuments and tombs of famous figures.
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