Up for a trip to the United Kingdom? Alright then, because today, we are going to explore the country for some of its finest pieces of architecture. More specifically, its religious structures dedicated to St Olave. If we come to think of it, there is no doubt about the fact that it is the best place in the world if you want to have your jaw dropped. So, without further ado, let us see what the home of the Celts and of Sir Christopher Wren has to offer (wink)!
1. St Olave Old Jewry:
Designated a Grade I structure within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in 1950 and adhering to the Baroque architectural style, the remains of St Olave Old Jewry church (the tower and the west wall) are the perfect candidates to kick off this list with due to their uncontested grandeur. Sitting between the streets Old Jewry and Ironmonger Lane, within the bounds of the City of London, the church was originally erected in the 11th century and dedicated to the patron of Norway (St Olaf) – it, however, was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Re-erected by Mr Wren between 1671 and 1679, it was demolished in 1887. The remains, however, have escaped the London Blitz of 1941 and they still stand as bastions of immovability.
2. St Olave’s Church, Chester:
Moving away from the capital city, we arrive in Chester, in Cheshire. Sitting on its Lower Bridge Street, the St Olave’s Church is the next contestant on our list. Currently considered a redundant religious structure, it was founded as early as the 11th century. After its unification with the adjacent St Michael’s church, it was closed (though this does not make it any less spectacular). Restored in the 19th century by James Harrison, it was designated a Grade II building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest in 1955. Adhering to the standards of the Gothic architectural style, it has been serving as the Chester Revival Centre, a Pentecostal church, since 1972.
3. St Olave Hart Street:
Erected in 1450, and serving as the Ward Church of the Tower Ward of the City of London, the St Olave Hart Street church is another fine contestant that you should check out. Affiliated with the Church of England and presenting the imposing standards of the Perpendicular Gothic architectural style, it is located on the corner of Hart Street and Seething Lane, close to the Fenchurch Street railway station. Listed as a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest like all previous contestants, it is one of the lucky few structures to have escaped the ravages of the Great Fire of London of 1666. Mr Wren didn’t have to rebuild this one (wink).
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned religious structures have you visited and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Be sure to hit the comment section below and tell us all about your experiences! See you on our next adventure!