St Mary Aldermary, City of London

If you ever have a few free moments close to St Paul's in the City of London pop in to this wonderful church just over the road from Mansion House Tube! Great place for a breather and cup of tea! What an amazing ceiling! Late Perpendicular, this Wren church follows...

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Sancta Maria de Arcubus

Or in the vernacular - St Mary of the Arches... Or St Mary le Bow .... Or as most of us know it - St Mary Bow Bell in the heart of the City of London. To be a true Cockney one must be born within earshot of the sound of Bow Bells. The sound of the bells of St Mary's...

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St George – not just the patron saint of England

We often think that St George is exclusively "ours" - he is after all the patron saint of England. However, he is also venerated in many places across former Roman Empire and it is wonderful to see the different interpretations of his life. Last week I was on Lake...

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Reluctant to Reform

Although the tempestuous political atmosphere of the last few months has now died down, the desire for political reform is still rumbling on amongst disappointed voters. Yes, it is difficult to understand that the country is to be run by a party which garnered just...

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Conventicles – Secret Religious Meetings

What was a conventicle? I really should have used this strangely evocative word in the description of the murder of Richard Habin in South Street, because it sums up precisely those meetings that he so enjoyed spying on! Very simply, a conventicle was a secret or...

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Attack in South Street ….

Whilst carrying out research for my new walking tour of South Street - Commerce, Church and Crime I discovered, with a little help from a friend, some far more interesting details about a murder than I had previously really known. As long as it happened centuries ago,...

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New Pizza Place in Chichester

Wildwood - a pizza chain that has just opened in South Street is located in a beautiful building that was built in 1835 for the Chichester branch of the Mechanics Institute. Designed by architect John Elliott, who also did much work at Goodwood House, the building is...

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