Wednesday, 30 November 2016

All Hallows by the Tower

Air pockets to a life gone by and easily overlooked are the churches that sit in the City of London.
Here's a closer look at  All Hallows by the Tower  which features a crypt museum that has some interesting and macabre stories to tell...

It's behind you. All Hallows by the Tower 
Cherub rock
Hey ho, let's go. The crypt museum awaits...  
 Life before Instagram with an original Roman floor
I live by the river. Londonium calling
Great Fire and loathing with William Penn. A good friend of Samuel Pepys who noted that they watched the Great Fire from All Hallows bell tower. Penn, also founded Philadelphia and pretty much planned out the idea of the European Union, all this back in the 17th century
Young gun William Penn who was baptised here back in his indie days


Proof that Hipsters date back to Medieval times with these stylish tiles  

The crows nest from Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, Quest.  This was on the ship for Ernest's last Polar voyage and an unexpected highlight to the crypt's museum
Third battle of Ypress1st Battalion Welsh Guards 1917 

All Hallows by the Tower crypt. Back in the day the crypt would have been used to store the recently beheaded from the tower of London 
My given name is Dickie, I come from Billericay
Gilbert and George inspired Stained glass 
All Hallow's holds lunch time recitals and I'll be looking forward to hearing these being given a good airing 

More macabre adventures to follow and an update once I've listened in to a recital...

Recital update
I dropped by on Thursday with organist Jonathan Melling on keyboard duty. I got to hear
Bach, Nicholas Lebegue and Alexis Chauvet and If you're a fan of Arcade Fire and the Horrors then do give Chauvet a listen. As lunchtime gigs go this is a sublime way to spend it and you can find out more about their recitals here






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