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All Hallows-by-the-Tower

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Identification

All Hallows-by-the-Tower
All Hallows Barking
210389

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]

Usages

church

Facts

  • The church is Grade I Listed.
  • Cited in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches'.
  • All Hallows began life in 675AD, when the Saxon Abbey of Barking founded a church on this site. An arch from the original church remains inside the church, underneath which is a Roman pavement, discovered in 1926.
  • The present day church is an amazing amalgam of architectural styles, from the 7th Century arch to the mid-17th Century tower and the graceful spire, which was added in 1953 following post-war rebuilding.
  • William Penn, the founder of the State of Pennsylvania in the USA, was baptised and educated in All Hallows, and during the Great Fire of 1666 it was William's father who saved the church from destruction.
  • John Quincy Adams, who was to become the sixth president of the USA, was married here in 1797.
  • The church incorporates a brass rubbing centre.
  • It was from the brick tower of All Hallows that diarist Samuel Pepys observed the progress of the Great Fire in 1666.
  • All Hallows has received the decapitated corpses of many who met their fate at Tower Hill, including that of Sir Thomas More in 1535.
  • The church suffered extensive bomb damage in 1940, though the font cover by Grinling Gibbons survived.
  • Albert Schwietzer played organ at All Hallows in the mid 1930s.
  • All Hallows has the oldest history of any church in the City of London.
  • The current church is 1950s faux Gothic.

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Location

Byward Street
Byward Street
EC3R 5BJ
City of London
London
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

147.64 ft
147.64 ft
675
1658
1953
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