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St. Magnus The Martyr, London

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  • Another of architect Christopher Wren’s project, the north side of the old London Bridge extended under the tower of this thousand year old church. Stones from the old London Bridge can still be seen ...  more »
  • It is just at the base of London Bridge, and the porch of this early church was actually part of the London Bridge. They had a model of the Medieval London Bridge, which had a lot of detail. That alon...  more »
  • A number of churches in London no longer , for a range of diverse reasons,celebrate Midnight Mass opting for the main mass of Christmas earlier on Christmas Eve.This Anglo-Catholic church .a stones th...  more »
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  • A friend of mine was visiting so we decided to take a look at various old churches. We went into this church and just managed to reach the model of the old London bridge,when some church attendent asked us to leave saying they had a large party of people and were slightly worse for wear. Won't be visiting that place again.
  • St Magnus, one of the first churches destroyed by the Great Fire and one of Wren's finest re-builds thereafter. Packed from floor to ceiling with memorials, altars, fine woodwork and stained glass. London-for-free doesn't get better than this!
  • Wonderful. It would be a pleasure to worship and confer with verger or wardens. Attend a service to actually enjoy the divine peace.
  • T S Eliot makes a reference to the church in 'The Waste Land' and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon shortly after Mass and see the gilded pillars glint through the wisps of incense, you can begin to understand what he meant. This is one of the few City churches open outside of services during the week (according to the church website, it is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm but the church advises visitors to check in advance), and it is well worth the visit, especially combined with climbing the Monument. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as the original building was one of the first to be destroyed in the Great Fire. There is a scale model of London Bridge which reminds visitors of the central role the church played before the new bridge was opened in 1831 - St Magnus lay on the alignment of the original bridge and was seen as the gateway to London from Southwark for 600 years. You still get a sense of the road millions of feet have trod from the picturesque pathway under the tower. The church is known for its bells, whose characteristic peal can be heard every Sunday following the service. There are very helpful sections on the church's long history on their website and there is also an extensive entry on Wikipedia. All in all, St Magnus is a microcosm of the history of London itself and continues to have a vibrant spiritual life
  • After climbing up the 311 stairs of Sir Christopher Wren's monument to the Great Fire of London, then going down to the church he designed..St. Magnus the Martyr is a "must see" You will not be disappointed this is a lovely no really really lovely church with so many features you cannot possibly take it all in during one visit. The design, the interiors and stained glass windows. I actually passed through at lunch time and there was a small service going on to the left hand side of the church. I found this quite spiritually uplifting, obviously I took some photos which I hope was not indiscreet but had to sit listen and I felt a certain tranquillity and peace which I really enjoyed. Very interesting is a small blue plaque in the courtyard, took a photo of but says. "This Churchyard formed part of the roadway approach to the old London Bridge 1176 -1831" Now that is what I call a real part of London history. Sincerely adore this church and is on my "must return" list.

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