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St. Alfege Church

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Identification

St. Alfege Church
222769

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]

Usages

church

Facts

  • A church has stood here since 1012 and is named in honour of St. Alfege who was martyred on this site in that year.
  • A second church was built on this site around 1290 which collapsed in 1710.
  • The current church was dedicated in 1718.
  • St. Alfege is of note for its oval ceiling, which at the time was the largest single-span ceiling in Europe.
  • The church exhibits stained glass by Francis Spear, wood carvings attributed to Grinling Gibbons and wrought ironwork by Jean Tijou.
  • St. Alphege hosted the baptism of General Gordon of Khartoum.
  • Cited in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches'.
  • St. Alfege is Grade I Listed.
  • The church was damaged by bombs in World War II and was rededicated in 1953.

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Location

Greenwich Church Street
Greenwich Church Street
SE10
Greenwich
London
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

1718

Involved Companies

Nicholas Hawksmoor
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