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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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  • Despite the initial appearance of the market in it's grounds and the red brick, your breathe is taken away on entrance. What immediately takes your eyes is the striking barrel vaulted ceiling, the spa...  more »
  • This is an attractive church on Piccadilly almost opposite the Royal Academy. I went early one lunchtime and there was a classic guitarist playing. I learned later that he was giving a forma concert a...  more »
  • Walked past the building and, upon seeing the Piccadilly Market in the courtyard, checked out the place further and realised it was St James’ Church. Lovely little market where you can find some cloth...  more »

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