Lost London Churches Blog

Parish Marker – St Dunstan in the East

A parish boundary marker on the banks of the Thames at the bottom of Water Lane in the City of London showing the line between the parishes of St Dustan in the East and All Hallows by the Tower (also known as All Hallows Barking which is why the initials are A.B)

Brookwood Cemetery Reburials

By the 1850s London was expanding rapidly. It was a global capital controlling and Empire on which famously the Sun never said. As a result last numbers of Victorian terraced houses in the suburbs were being built. You can still see them today as they form a ring of brick buildings 10 miles wide that […]

A People’s Church

I have just finished reading “A People’s Church”  – an excellent history of the Church of England by Jeremy Morris published by Profile Books. It’s a fascinating account of an institution that you may think you know, because it has always just been “there”. But you will soon discover it is an organisation far more […]

Martin Benet and the Black Friar

The title “Martin Benet and the Black Friar” might sound like an Agatha Christie novel from the 30’s, but it is actually a walk of 5.4 km around the lost churches of St Benet and St Martin in the City of London. It starts and ends at a gorgeous pub called the Black Friar. So […]

City of London Cemetery Reburials

By the 1850s London was expanding rapidly. It was a global capital controlling and Empire on which famously the Sun never said. As a result last numbers of Victorian terraced houses in the suburbs were being built. You can still see them today as they form a ring of brick buildings 10 miles wide that […]

Taking The Michael

The Archangel Michael, in the Catholic Church, is the leader of the Army of God in their triumph over the forces of Evil. He is also an important figure for Jews and Muslims. But in cockney rhyming slang – the native patois of the City – Michael has other associations.  I apologise in advance if […]

Cheapside Treasures

One of the best places to explore old parish boundary markers in the City is Cheapside. In medieval times, Cheapside was a bustling marketplace; it’s wide street filled with hawkers, pedlars and shops of all kinds. It is still one of the main shopping centres of the City with the huge New Change mall at […]

Guy de la Bédoyère’s watercolours

As the well known phrase has it, “It is an ill wind that blows nobody good”. It is assumed that this saying originates from Shakespeare’s Henry VI who put it like this “Ill blows the wind that profits nobody”. But wherever it stems from, it certainly applies to Guy de la Bédoyère’s watercolours of some of […]

Nine Gates to the City

“When the embodied living being controls his nature and mentally renounces all actions, he resides happily in the city of nine gates, neither working nor causing work to be done” Bhagavad-gita 5.13 In Vedic literature, the “city of nine gates” is a metaphor for the human body. There are nine entrances, or gates, to our […]