St Pancras Old Church
St Pancras Old Church
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Saint Pancras Old Church traces it’s history at least as far back as the Norman Conquest. Today it is a thriving parish church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England. Whilst being proud of our history, we are fully present as part of a vibrant and diverse worshiping community making known the Good News of Jesus Christ. There is incense and lively preaching at our Sunday morning mass and a thriving Junior Church. The Eucharist is at the heart of our life together and everyone is welcome to join us on Sundays or at our quieter midweek masses.
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  • King's Cross St. Pancras • 7 min walk
  • Mornington Crescent • 8 min walk
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thursowick
Knoxville, TN138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We went to Old St. Pancras Church to visit the grave stones/memorials for Mary Wollstonecraft (author), Johann Christian Bach (composer), and to try to recreate a photo of the Beatles from their “Mad Day Out” photoshoot. The elderly gentleman in the church was very chatty and mistook our accents for Canadian. (“American!? You have very gentle accents, then.”) He walked us around to the various things we wanted to see and was full of fun info. We took the photos we wanted to and managed to do a pretty good approximation of the Beatles album cover (The specific picture we wanted, you had to go to the far side of the hospital and into the hospital grounds to get it). Among the things we saw there was the grave of Sir John Soanes, the Hardy tree (which is where a cemetery worker piled up tons of headstones up against an old tree—sadly the tree fell down in a storm so now it doesn’t look as cool as it used to), and a metallic blue thing that looked suspiciously like a Wallace Fountain, but wasn’t.
Written May 29, 2023
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Crazy_Jim_83
London, UK1,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Lovely church and interesting history to the church. Very sadly The Hardy Tree has fallen and now the graves just cries around a stump. Still plenty if other historical points of interest to enjoy here though so well worth a visit.
Written May 1, 2023
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paul m
Birmingham, UK166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Visited this lovely church as a Beatles fan.
This is where the photo in the red & blue albums was taken with the crowd.
Also the bench where all the Beatles are pictured with the old man reading the newspaper.
10 minute walk from Euston Road.
Written August 7, 2019
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mervneill
Newtownards, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
When we learned of the Hardy Tree's existence we just had to find it and we did. The bonus was discovering this lovely little church just up the road away from the hustle and bustle of St. Pancras train station.
The Hardy Tree is well worth a look. The tree has indeed grown around all the gravestones and although fenced off there is ample opportunity for some great photographs.
The little church is a work in progress and volunteers help maintain its pristine look.
It's quite sparse inside with no great trappings of visible wealth but the simplistic decor only adds to the tranquil ambience and it was nice just to relax there for a short time.
Well worth a visit and The Hardy Tree is the icing on the the cake. Another box ticked.
Written July 30, 2019
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KAW687
London, UK1,947 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Took some time to find Mary Woolstonecraft's grave and the inscription is barely legible which is very sad for the founding mother of Feminism. The churchyard is full of atmosphere and the church is surprisingly bright and inviting.
Written November 29, 2016
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Mark Benjamin L
Dubai, United Arab Emirates527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This church is on the site of one of the oldest places of Christian worship . The surrounding grounds harbour the graves and memorials of many very notable people . Among them is the mausoleum for Sir John Soane and his wife - designed by Sir John - which provided the outline template shape for Gilbert Scott's design of the famous red GPO telephone boxes . These grounds also were the backdrop for the famous photoshoot of the Beatles day in London - taken just shortly before the group broke up . Contact with the church ( a very good website ) will provide an excellent guide to the history of the church and the surrounding graves .
Written November 11, 2019
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Jean-Marie P
Brussels, Belgium22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
One of the oldest churches in the UK. Cementary contains a tree surrounded by tombstones. The writer Thomas Hardy was previously an architect before becoming a writer. He was in charge of excavating the old cementary to give way to the railroad...
Written June 5, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,465 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Lovely little church just up the road from the station. Dates back to the 4th century and set in an extensive garden.
Written March 22, 2019
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Lissel A
Brisbane, Australia667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Walked from Kings Cross St Pancras up to the Old St Pancras Church to explore the church and the graveyard. The building itself is lovely, small and gives a sense of the length of time this historic site has been used for worshipping the old gods and the new. You can make a donation inside to obtain a guide to the graveyard / church or a postcard if you wish. The highlight for most tourists is the Hardy Tree, where relocated graves' old stones were artistically arranged around a sapling (when Thomas Hardy was an apprentice architect) and the tree has since grown into and around them creating a marvellous combination natural/man-made sculptural memorial. As others have mentioned, if you are a Beatles fan, you will want to find the famous bench, while if you have an interest in women's history, you may want to locate Mary Wollestonecraft's memorial (she was a forerunner in the women's movement). Well worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2018
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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I had a bit of time to waste before my train so decided to take a walk to along Pancras Road to see this old church. It is an easy 5 minute walk on level ground although there are steps up to the church yard.

The church itself has an interesting history as one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The display inside the vestibule is a reminder that it is still part of an active Anglo-Catholic community.

It is the church yard however, that holds most interest with memorials to a number of notable people including Mary Wollstonecraft, an early advocate of women's rights, Johann Christian Bach, the son of composer Johan Sebastian Bach and William Franklin, the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the Unites States of America. Sir John Soane's impressive tomb for himself and his wife may look familiar as it was the inspiration for Giles Gilbert Scott's iconic red telephone boxes.

The Hardy tree is also definitely worth a look; an ash tree with a cluster of gravestones around it, placed there by a young Thomas Hardy when he was placed in charge of excavating part of the church yard, before he became better known as a poet and novelist.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 14, 2016
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