Saturday, 22 December 2018

St. Giles-without-Cripplegate

Reflected Church.
It was while taking a wander through the Barbican Estate, looking to find as much of the old Roman Walls as possible, that I caught sight of this magnificent looking church reflected in the still waters of the Barbican Lake.

Unfortunately, when I went to the church itself it was closed, but I will be returning to see what wonders it holds, in the near future.

Brief History

There has been a church on this site since the 11th century. The original Saxon church was replaced by a Norman one in 1090. It was further rebuilt in 1394 and in 1682 the stone tower was added.

The church has been damaged by fire on three separate occasions: 1545, 1897 and during the Blitz, when it was completely gutted. Thankfully, the church was fully restored by using the renovation pans of 1545.

The church was Grade I listed on January 4, 1950.

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