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.
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.
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.