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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

St Botolph without Aldersgate

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In early February we were visiting London, and after a trip to the Museum of London at Aldersgate, we came across a church nearby. The Guild & Ward Church of St Botolph-without-Aldersgate (to give the full and formal title) is a short walk away from the museum. A church has stood on the site since the 11th century, although the present build dates from the eighteenth century.

Through the good offices of Christian Heritage London, the church is open for visitors. The church is entered via the entrance from the next door Postman’s Park.

St Botolph-without-Aldersgate from Postman's Park

St Botolph-without-Aldersgate from Postman’s Park
7 February 2015

Entering from the west end of the building, firstly into a lobby where access can be gained to the gallery, although was not permitted when we visited.

The east end features an apse with three inscriptions:

  • The Lords Prayer
  • Exodus 20 – The Ten Commandments
  • The Apostles’ Creed

Once in the building, turning around gives a view of the organ over the entrance in the gallery.

Ceiling Detail and Organ

Ceiling Detail and Organ
7 February 2015

Looking up there is a decorative ceiling. Around the walls are a series of stained glass windows some of which are Victorian, whilst others date from the 1940s. The pulpit is of wooden construction.

Notice plaque outside St Botolphs.

Notice plaque outside St Botolphs.
7 February 2015

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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