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London's churches of the mind

Twentieth century British fiction features a good few fictional clergy of the established Church of England, and some (if fewer) accounts of religious life itself. Rather fewer again are the number of church buildings. 662 more words


Robbing Peter to pay Paul (Westminster Abbey)

On this day in 1540, the Abbey Church of St Peter Westminster was made a Cathedral with its own See.   Not long afterwards, it was incorporated into the Diocese of London, and much of its estate was sold off to pay for repairs to St Paul’s – hence the expression, “robbing Peter to pay Paul”.  277 more words

On This Day

The Streets Of London – Part Forty Nine

Fournier Street, E1

If you walk in a northerly direction up Commercial Street you will come across, halfway along on the right hand side, Fournier Street which links it with Brick Lane. 553 more words


Bonfire of whose vanities?

350 years ago today, 2nd September, a spark in a bakery changed the face of London in a way far more dramatic than either than either the Luftwaffe or the post war planners. 2,199 more words


Spiral Tribe

On friday as part of my regular trip to the Loon Fung chinese supermarket for noodles, I passed “the most eccentric spire in London” which sits at the top of the  97 more words

The Icing on the Cake

Fellow blogger and poet Becky Kilsby recently posted a new work which immediately resonated with me.

I am often that person grabbing a quick breakfast courtesy of Pret (or less frequently Nero), catching up on the news with my iPhone, and people watching as my fellows dash to offices in the city.   483 more words