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St. James's Church, London

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St James's Church, Piccadilly, also known as St James's Church, Westminster, and St James-in-the-Fields, is an Anglican church on Piccadilly in the centre of London, United Kingdom. The church was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren.The church is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. Its interior has galleries on three sides supported by square pillars, and the nave has a barrel vault supported by Corinthian columns. The carved marble font and limewood reredos are both notable examples of the work of Grinling Gibbons.HistoryIn 1662, Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, was granted land for residential development on what was then the outskirts of London. He set aside land for the building of a parish church and churchyard on the south side of what is now Piccadilly. Christopher Wren was appointed the architect in 1672 and the church was consecrated on 13 July 1684 by Henry Compton, the Bishop of London. In 1685 the parish of St James was created for the church.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Walked past this 17th century church just past Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly hundreds of times and often looked at the market on its forecourt, but this was the first time I'd been inside. The exterio...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    It is hard to believe that in 1662 when the Earl of St Albans was granted this land, it was considered to be on the outskirts of London. On his land he appointed Sir Christopher Wren as architect for ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    The church is well worth a look but what I enjoyed most was the markets. No mass-produced commercial stuff but hand made and artisan stalls. Fun to fossick through the goods on offer and find that one...  more »
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  • One of the Best church in London zone1. Everyone is friendly
  • Legacy from Norman days. Check timing before you visit. Saw it in fourth attempt.
  • So beautiful, and peaceful nice to sit out in the park and watch the squirrels play
  • This is a great church! Everyone was really welcoming and friendly, with plenty of coffee and snacks before and after the service. The talk was easy going- in-depth but accessible. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Hoping to visit soon , out of interest , hoping it interests some others also , - One of my Ancestors married here , DAVID WILLIAM REES 1863 - married , ALICE NORTON 1865 , in April 1888.. - Any-body related , reading this , would love to share info with you .

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