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St Olave's Church, London

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  • Located in the insurance area of the City of London, the following organisations have connections to the church: The Clothmakers Company, The Trinity House, The Wine & Spirits Trade and The Environmen...  more »
  • We visited this church after the London towers (which are nearby) a parishioner welcomes us warmly and we can ask plenty of questions. Having survived the great fire of London, this building is one of the medieval time alone and this influences his architectural style.
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  • This was recommended as one of those things you see "off the beaten path" it would have been good to go inside but it was not open when we visited. The entrance to the church with the skulls over the ...  more »
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  • Absolutely wonderful church with fantastic lunchtime recitals on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • One of the few churches that escaped great fire. Beauty of historical prewren period.
  • Somewhere quiet (ish) to sit and have lunch. Recitals sometimes during the week.
  • A church rich in history, built on the site of an ancient battle. Graveyard to spies, plague victims and Mother Goose. Samuel Pepys' own church. Ask if you can go down into the crypt!
  • Saint Ghastly Grim ​In The Uncommercial Traveller, Charles Dickens nicknames the churchyard of St Olave Saint Ghastly Grim: “It is a small churchyard, with a ferocious strong spiked iron gate, like a jail. This gate is ornamented with skulls and cross-bones, larger than life, wrought in stone; but it likewise came into the mind of Saint Ghastly Grim, that to stick iron spikes a-top of the stone skulls, as though they were impaled, would be a pleasant device. Therefore the skulls grin aloft horribly, thrust through and through with iron spears.” The stone skulls are still there, grinning down on passers-by and sending a shiver down the spines of those unfortunate souls who – walking this quiet City street at night – chance upon them for the first time. Where? St Olave, Hart Street EC3R 7NB. Find St Olave on Google Maps.

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