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A rather strange Church, founded in 1123 it is London`s oldest , there is a small charge to enter but do not let that put you off, it is well worth it, almost next door is the small museum at Barts Hospital, very interesting free...More
A bit difficult to find as TA indicates the location slightly off. The entrance is in fact at the southwest corner of the West Smithfield circle.
Once in side the splendour reveals it self as the interior are kept close to the original.
You need to spend time walking around slowly and scanning in every direction to appreciate the beauty and majesty of this church. Everywhere I looked i could see something of interest, the pews that face each other instead of being all facing eastwards, the atmospheric...More
Visiting Smithfield Market at the weekend, I came across this wonderful church: the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew, founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons.
Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, brought to Jesus by Saint Philip. He is...More
This place is really special. Enter through St Bartholomew's Tudor Gatehouse to find a huge church dating from the 12th century. This is a stunning survivor of the Great Fire. Inside this cavernous place is a warm atmosphere and a gilt bronze statue by Damien...More
It's huge, old and beautiful. Not much to read or learn from once inside, however. And not free. It was on my to-do list and I did it. If you love churches, however, it's a must. I bet the Evensong service is nice; the organ...More
I didn't think I'd be lucky to go inside and I'd actually just gone as the church has been featured in many films like Four Weddings and a Funeral. However, it was open and the lady at the reception was delightful. She showed me inside,...More
It’s a magnificent setting, a church created out of a long defunct Augustinian Priory chapel founded in 1123, dissolved in 1539, but only merged a few years ago in a single diocese with its smaller neighbour St. Bartholomew the Less in the grounds of the...More
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.