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"Saint Mary-le-Bow" St. Mary le Bow Tip by easyoar

St. Mary le Bow, London: 8 reviews and 17 photos

  St Mary-le-bow - The Cockney Church
by easyoar

This church has quite an unusual name. In fact it gets its name from the bow arches in the crypt underneath the church that was built in Norman times.

Sir Christopher Wren also rebuilt this church after the Great Fire of London in 1666 which completely destroyed the original church. In 1941 most of the church was destroyed again by a wartime bomb. The Steeple and two walls were all that remained.

The church was restored in 1956-62 and the bells in the steeple were recast and rehung. These bells are considered very important. You may have heard of cockneys, and perhaps you think that all Londoners are cockneys. The real definition is that you have to be born in earshot of Bow Bells to be a proper cockney!

Address: Cheapside
Directions: Take the Underground to St Pauls
Phone: 020 7248 5139

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  • Updated Feb 7, 2005
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