"St Magnus the Martyr" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

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I was lucky enough to be wandering past when this church was open. Normally it is open for visitors only on Wednesday afternoons, from 12-4, courtesy of the Friends of City Churches.

It's an interesting place. There has certainly been a church on the spot since at least 1064, and quite possibly well before that. St Magnus is just across the road from Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, so it had to be completely rebuilt..and it is one of the 51 Wren churches. A later fire, in the 1750s, also caused substantial damage.

It's what we call a 'high' church...Anglican, but still retaining many elements of Catholicism. So you'll see some lovely wall paintings, and some colourful statues....including a replica of the statue of Mary at Walsingham and a rather super wooden St Magnus from the 1930s, complete with horned Viking helmet (Viking helmets never had horns, they are a Victorian invention!)

The church stands very near to the site of the original London Bridge (long-gone) and there is a magnificent wooden model of the bridge on view. The main road to the bridge ran under its entrance porchway, so when you walk there you are walking a very ancient route indeed.

Well worth seeking out, especially on a Wednesday afternoon.

You'll find the church on Lower Thames Street, in the City area. You can walk down Fish Street Hill from The Monument.

Website: http://www.stmagnusmartyr.org.uk/

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  • Written Sep 25, 2010
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  • ADAMYAMEY's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:47 AM

    Good picture of the bridge. Nice review. BTW it was open on Tuesday, and now maybe other days

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2016 at 4:20 AM

      Thank you. I'm sure the bridge opens quite a lot. It was just nice for me to see it. I don't much like London so I don't choose to visit very often.


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