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"All Hallows-by-the-Tower" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by kris-t

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All Hallows-by-the-Tower is an ancient Anglican church located in Byward Street in the City of London, overlooking the Tower of London.

It was first established in 675 by the now-defunct Saxon Barking Abbey and was for many years named after the abbey, as All Hallows Barking. The church was built on the site of a former Roman building, traces of which have been discovered in the crypt. It was expanded and rebuilt several times between the 11th century and 15th century. Its proximity to the Tower meant that it acquired royal connections, with Edward IV making it a royal chantry and the beheaded victims of Tower executions being sent for temporary burial at All Hallows.

The church was badly damaged by a nearby explosion in 1649, which demolished its west tower, and only narrowly survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Many portions of the old church survived the war and have been sympathetically restored.
The church has a museum called the Undercroft Museum.


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  • Written Mar 19, 2006
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