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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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  • This is an Anglican Church on Piccadilly. Built of red bricks, its interior has lovely stained glass, Corinthian columns, an intricate altarpiece and a spectacular organ. A market operates in its cour...  more »
  • This is a historic church built by Sir Christopher Wren. It is rather dark inside with some great carving and an impressive organ. The garden is the best bit though - a great place to sit and have you...  more »
  • This is a light and airy church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren which provides a peaceful refuge from the bustle of Piccadilly. There is a magnificent organ and an unbelievably intricate carving by ...  more »