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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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