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St. Pancras Old Church, London

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St Pancras Old Church is a Church of England parish church in Somers Town, central London. It is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras, and is believed by many to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The church is situated on Pancras Road in the London Borough of Camden, with the surrounding area and its international railway station taking its name. St Pancras Old Church, which was largely rebuilt in the Victorian era, should not be confused with St Pancras New Church about a kilometre away, on the Euston Road.HistoryParishOriginally, the parish of St Pancras stretched from close to Oxford Street almost to Highgate. In the early Middle Ages there was a centre of population in the vicinity of what is now known as the old church. However, in the 14th century the population abandoned the site and moved to what is now Kentish Town. The reasons for this were probably the vulnerability of the plain around the church to flooding (the River Fleet, which is now underground, runs through it) and the availability of better wells at Kentish Town, where there is less clay in the soil. The church subsequently fell into disrepair. Towards the end of the 18th century, services were only held in the church on one Sunday each month; on other weeks, the same congregation would use a chapel in Kentish Town. It lost its status as the parish church when the New Church on what was to become the Euston Road was consecrated in 1822, and became a chapel of ease.
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  • The "old" church is surprisingly new (Victorian) but it is a lovely place and there are several things worth seeing in the churchyard.  more »
  • I came here to go to a concert and was very impressed. It's just a short walk from St Pancras station on the road that takes you to Mornington Crescent tube station. It's a lovely church and the conce...  more »
  • It is a small but beautiful church that is worth visiting. Is behind the back of Saint Pancras station, and in a beautiful setting of a small park with ancient tombs, including the tomb of John Soane, which curiously was the origin of the traditional red telephone booths, and Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, famous for themselves and also by the parents of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley creator of the Frankenstein myth. You can also see in the Park the "Hardy tree", full of gravestones, it impressed to see it. Dickens frequented the place, and spoke of it in his "Historia de dos ciudades" novel in the park there is also a bank with a plate that has the Beatles sat on it for a photo shoot. In short, a curious visit to his miscellany.
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  • Beautiful church and grounds. The old and recent history is amazing, make sure to read up - there is information and publications on site. A must visit if you are in the area (or not). Make sure to see the tree growing through grave stones which photos of don't do justice.
  • A beautiful venue, with very nice acoustics. Now, there are toilets indoors! Can get a bit cold, so wrap up warm. Sat on low, church chairs, which can be a pain, but there's plenty of space between rows.
  • Absolutely wonderful. Why are you even questioning whether it's worth it - just go, it's magical.
  • The tree that grows among the gravestones is one of the most striking shots I´ve ver taken in London. Sir John Soane´s tomb is also a must stop destination
  • Pretty church and grounds right in the middle of London. Great for a little stroll.

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