Church of St. Martin-within-Ludgate

Church of St. Martin-within-Ludgate, London

Church of St. Martin-within-Ludgate

Church of St. Martin-within-Ludgate
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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.
How to get there
  • Blackfriars • 4 min walk
  • St. Paul's • 4 min walk
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,453 contributions
St Paul's little sibling
Nov 2019 • Solo
The church almost stands in the shadow of St Paul's. They have in common the fact sir Christopher Wren designed both churches. Church as many links with literary statesmen.
Written November 30, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK10,627 contributions
In St. Paul’s shadow
Oct 2019 • Solo
Such is the attention St. Paul’s Cathedral commands at the top of Ludgate Hill it is all too easy to miss the many smaller churches in its midst particularly St. Martin-within-Ludgate entirely hemmed in as it is by adjoining buildings on either side. A sign on the front of the church refers to Cadwallo King of the Britons being buried here in 677 suggesting there may have been a church on this site from the 7th century. The existing church, however, dates from the late seventeenth century when it replaced an earlier church completed in 1623 but which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Part of the reason it took between 1680 and 1703 to rebuild was the discovery of a Roman tombstone now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The centre of the church is designed like a Greek cross with four large columns. The chandelier dates from 1777 and comes from the West Indies. The organ is a Bernard Schmidt design dating from 1684 with some carvings by Grinling Gibbons inside.
Written October 19, 2019
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Elderly Traveller
Bournemouth, UK1,253 contributions
Are you from Pennsylvania?
Jun 2019 • Friends
If so, the father of the founder of Pennsylvania was married here in 1643. So be sure to visit. The church lies just within where the old City walls were at Ludgate. A fascinating insight into history. It’s 5 minutes from St Paul’s so well worth a diversion.
Written July 17, 2019
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Janet C
Stockport, UK1,928 contributions
Search and you will find
Feb 2019 • Solo
Very near the famous St Paul’s, this lovely little church by Sir Christopher Wren was rebuilt in 1677. Look out for the large brass chandelier which came from the West Indies around 1777
Written February 27, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,581 contributions
Wren church in the shadow of St Paul's
Sep 2018 • Solo
Like so many of the City churches, the original mediaeval building on this site was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was rebuilt to a design by Sir Christopher Wren and reopened in 1684. It's quite a small church but has the serenity that is common to so many City churches. Its dedication is to St Martin, the patron saint of travellers. The 17th century font has an inscription which is a Greek palindrome – 'Nipson anomemata me monan opsin', which translates as 'Cleanse my sin and not my face only'. There is a 17th-century carved oak double churchwarden's chair, which is said to be the only one of its kind known still to exist. The organ dates from 1684 and there are some beautiful carvings by Grinling Gibbons. Fascinating church, well worth a visit.
Written September 6, 2018
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AggieJoe79
Haymarket, VA948 contributions
Beautiful little Christopher Wren church
Jul 2018 • Couples
We had a little free time before meeting friend for drinks, noticed this interesting place and dropped in. No one there but us. Amazing little bits of history; Pocahantas attended here, as did William Penn's father (founder of Pennsylvania)
Written August 6, 2018
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sandyp182018
Aylesbury Vale, UK1 contribution
Opening times
Feb 2018 • Solo
Turned up mid week, mid day expecting to find it open. It wasn’t. Wasted trip. Have no idea how one can check before visiting
Written February 27, 2018
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,453 contributions
Another Wren
Jan 2018 • Solo
As is the case in this area of London another church by Wren. Not a large church but very calming and pretty.
Written January 15, 2018
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Niels T
Copenhagen Region, Denmark236 contributions
a nice calm church with a very friendly staff
Feb 2017
you have to look to find this church just a few steps from its big famous "sister" St. Pauls. The architect is the same though, Sir Wren. We happened to arrive in the middle of the noon service and the warden right away came with the song book and the text. We sat through the service and enjoyed the calm and words just a few meters from the busy London streets. afterwards we had a friendly word with the warden and the priest and had a look around the nice church. Many churches could learn from this service level
Written February 12, 2017
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Julie M
Pontefract, UK359 contributions
Church with simplistic charm
Oct 2016 • Couples
called in for a look on the way to St Paul's Cathedral. Glad we did because it was beautiful in a simple way. The guide was very friendly and helpful with information. There is a huge brass candelabra from the West Indies and many other interesting things to see. A violinist was practising for a lunchtime concert which was a bonus and the acoustics were very good. Worth a look if you are passing by. Spent 10 mins perusing.
Written October 18, 2016
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