This richly informative guide focuses principally on the pre-19th-century churches of what roughly can be termed Inner London. The brief yet stimulating entries feature details on each church's dedication, history, exterior, interior, furnishings, monuments, artwork, stained glass, and more; there is also an abundance of excellent photographs. The author encourages the church lover to wander off the beaten track to enjoy the little-known and unusual as well as the more familiar glories of Wren and Westminster.
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Although the subject of London churches may have limited appeal, Blatch's new edition of his 1978 guide is an intriguing compendium of church history, architecture, and associations. Blatch details more than 140 of London's Anglican churches?not all of London's churches, certainly, providing a concise, comprehensive guide for those who would explore a fascinating part of one of the world's great cities. Readers will note that Benedict Arnold is buried in St. Mary's, Battersea, while St. Ethelburga-the-Virgin within Bishopsgate takes pride of place as the smallest church (only 56 feet long) in the city. Maps pinpoint church locations, and each entry includes the dedication, history, comments on the exterior, and so on. Few of the churches qualify as ancient (much of medieval London was destroyed by the Great Fire), so many buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries. The book is organized by districts. The index is limited to church names, and a glossary is included, along with a brief history of the City of London and its churches. Like the buildings themselves, this is a gem. Recommended for public libraries.?Janet Ross, Sparks Branch Lib., Neb.
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Book Description Constable, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 94622205