There are quite a few things in the world that are set in stone besides the laws of physics and one of them is most indubitably the fact that London is a brilliant place to visit if you are looking for exquisite religious structures. Whenever in doubt, all one has to think about is Sir Christopher Wren, the gentleman responsible for a massive total of 51 of them after the Great Fire of London of 1666. Whenever he and his peers come to mind, we realise that, really, there is nowhere to look in the proud capital of the United Kingdom without glancing at a magnificent church. And for this particular reason, we are going to talk about the best of them that have been dedicated to All Hallows. Are you prepped? Alrighty then!
1. All Hallows-by-the-Tower:
Kicking off the list is quite possibly one of the most renowned churches in the entire city: the All Hallows-by-the-Tower (also known as “All Hallows Barking”). Situated proudly deep within the inner bounds of the city, it has been unofficially designated a vital and unmissable Anglican church in Britain. In fact, if we consider the numbers only, it is one of the oldest churches in London, with a history reaching as far back as 675. Administered by the Diocese of London, it overlooks the Tower of London in an unparalleled fashion. There are two interesting things that you should keep in mind when visiting this religious structure: firstly, that its altar is made of plain stone hearkening back to the castle of Richard I at Athlit in The Holy Land and secondly, that it has been the Guild church of Toc H since 1922. Quite a marvel, isn’t it (wink)?
2. All Hallows-on-the-Wall:
Moving on but not too far away, we arrive at yet another architectural masterpiece: the renowned All Hallows-on-the-Wall church. Associated with the Church of England and designed by the world-famous master architect George Dance the Younger, it was erected in the year 1767. Sitting right next to the London Wall (the former defensive barrier that used to encircle the city), it managed to endure even the devastation of the Great Fire of London in 1666 and, subsequently, the ravages of World War II (though it did succumb to disrepair, we’ll admit). Placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest as a Grade I structure in 1950, it is one of the most unmissable monuments of its parent city and country. So yes, as you can see, this All Hallows church too is a worthy contestant on this list!
3. All Hallows Staining:
As we have already proved to you, Anglican churches possess a certain uniqueness in both architecture and cultural impact and we can do nothing else but admire them. Thus, the All Hallows Staining church located in the inner bounds of the capital could not have been omitted from our top list. Partially devastated yet still enduring the gruelling claws of time, the structure is located exactly at the crossroads between Mark Lane and Dunster Court (those who are visiting Langbourn ward will easily find it). If you happen to be closing in from the direction of the Fenchurch Street railway station, know that it is adjacent to it. The tower of the religious structure, the only remaining part that we can bask in nowadays, was built around 1320 and it is a prominent example of medieval architecture (architecture-buffs, rejoice). What’s interesting about it is that it survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, only to collapse five years later in 1671. Though it has been rebuilt in 1675, the event still remains in the local culture as an interesting irony.
4. All Hallows, Twickenham:
Happen to be strolling about in Twickenham? Good, then be sure to also take a thorough glance at the All Hallows church there (known to the locals as “ All Hallows Lombard Street” or even “St Martin’s Mission Twickenham”). Designated a Grade I structure in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, it is officially the continuation of Sir Christopher Wren’s All Hallows Lombard Street church (another All Hallows church that might be worthy of your inquisitive attention – wink). Made entirely of brick and stone, it was designed by master architect Robert Atkinson. With its foundation being laid in 1939, it adheres to a more modern architectural style. But don’t get us wrong – this new style does not ruin its already-magnificent nature. Trust us on this one (triple wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned religious structures have you visited and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Do not hesitate to hit the comment section below and tell us all about it. Oh, and be sure to check back from time to time for some exciting updates. See you on our next adventure, brave trailblazer!