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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 as St James-in-the-Fields, is an Anglican church on Piccadilly in the centre of London, UK. It was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren.The church is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. The church’s 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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  • Wonderful church. Staff a bit uneven on their welcome. Fantastic monthly taize is well worth attending. Check their detailed noticeboard out front. Great concerts. 
  • I have been coming here for many years. The church is very historic and is unlike many others inside in that it is like and airy and not richly decorated other than having some rather nice wood carvin...  more »
  • It's the favorite Church by Sir Christopher Wren, has tall arched Windows and is known for the beauty of the Interior, balanced and light. Next to the church there is St. James's Church Indian Bean Tree, called "one of the great trees of London" (one of the largest trees in London). It is built entirely of stone and sobriety and simplicity of its lines provide a sense of grandeur and prestige, as well as the upward momentum of its forms contributes to confirm the significance of this is considered one of the most beautiful churches in London in front of there is a market with stalls of all kinds. Inside allowed the stationing of the homeless, and in other areas, there are various events, such as concerts. Definitely worth a visit
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