St. Michael's Cornhill

St. Michael's Cornhill, London

St. Michael's Cornhill
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St. Michaels Rectory St. Michael's Alley, London EC3V 9DS England
Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
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  • Bank • 3 min walk
  • Bank • 4 min walk
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francescoGreenwich
Greenwich21 contributions
A lovely Wren City church famous for its organ recitals.
Sep 2021
I have often visited this church on Monday lunchtimes to attend the long established organ recitals which are always nothing less than superb. A fine Wren building revamped in Victorian times and with a tower partly by Hawksmoor Saint Michael's is also well worth a visit for its architecture.
Written October 10, 2021
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Chris
Zurich, Switzerland1,121 contributions
Organ recital on Monday
Jan 2020 • Couples
I really enjoyed the organ recital on Monday (1 p.m.). The church is not very big but has lovely stained glass windows.
Written January 28, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,100 contributions
Splendid parish church
Oct 2019 • Solo
The church known as St. Michael’s Cornhill dates from medieval times although the present building replaces its predecessor destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and like so many of its neighbours was rebuilt to designs by Sir Christopher Wren although the upper parts of the tower are attributed to his pupil Sir Nicholas Hawksmoor before being embellished by Sir George Gilbert Scott on the nineteenth century. The church escaped serious damage in World War II. A ring of 12 bells was installed in the tower as recently as 2011. It has one of the oldest sets of churchwardens’ records now housed in the Guildhall Library.
Written October 10, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Oasis of peace in the heart of the City
Apr 2019 • Solo
Easy to miss as you hurry down Cornhill, this lovely little church is set back from the main line of building fronts, but well worth venturing inside to enjoy its sense of calm and serenity, or to enjoy one of the weekday lunchtime organ recitals held here. Inevitably, some of its original fabric was ‘re-frocked’ in the Victorian era in the orgy of religious refurbishment that went on at that time. But many wonderful memorial wall plaques from earlier times remain.
Written May 16, 2019
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,378 contributions
Peaceful
Feb 2019 • Solo
A very old church in London, dating back to Saxon times, and now squeezed in between the more modern buildings. Lovely both inside and out.
Written April 14, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,983 contributions
Wonderful church
Feb 2019 • Solo
So peaceful in the middle of the city. You would walk right past the entrance as it’s set back off the road. Stained glass really nice. Small but beautiful church.
Written February 7, 2019
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Colin E
256 contributions
Photos can lie
Aug 2017 • Solo
I visited a number of churches on a dull day and the majority were gloomy inside, St Michael’s was the gloomiest of the lot. I am impressed that photos of the church on the web show a bright sunny interior, photos can embellish. Per an article from the Times the church would appear to be insolvent, perhaps that is why the lights are not turned on in 2017, even on the dullest of days. I can’t see anywhere else to confirm that I didn’t dream that there was a model of a bird (a phoenix?) with its brood plucking at its breast attached to one of the walls. An impressive work of art. An impressive WWI memorial is located at the entrance to the church, shame that the memorial couldn’t be placed in a better location but space is at a premium in the City of London.
Written August 23, 2017
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ranjanapathak
Orlando, FL1,446 contributions
Medieval Parish Church
Sep 2016 • Couples
This is a beautiful old church. An oasis of peace in a busy world. We could see here its 17th century structure and its 19th century furnishings. They claim to have 'An Organ of distinction, one of London's finest, most famous and most cherished'. and they have lunch time organ recitals. Visit once if time permits.
Written August 12, 2017
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Bill T
Kilpeck, UK145 contributions
Ineffably beautiful
Feb 2017 • Solo
Sunday morning, 11:00am. A gorgeous Classical-style building: blue ceiling, gold angels, powerful reredos, the scent of incense: to that add a proper choir & a talented organist singing/playing a Mozart Mass in the setting it was written for (rather than a concert hall) - the service appeals to all the senses & lifts one heavenwards. OK, I do have grave theological misgivings about the Book of Common Prayer, but if you do too, just try to put them aside for the morning. There's a gentle welcome, not effusive, & tea & bickies (or wine & cheese straws) after. Organ recitals are every Monday at 1:00pm - I've not been to one, but the organist's postlude made me wish I was going there too. I love it.
Written March 1, 2017
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Loughtonian1
Loughton, UK7,269 contributions
Fine opulent City Church
Oct 2016 • Friends
A haven with its tiny garden off busy Cornhill. A wealthy church of a wealthy city.
Don't go in if you don't like incense!
Written October 12, 2016
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