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St. Giles Cripplegate

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Ancient meets modern

You might think an old church like this would look out of place in a modern complex like the... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
inyongh743
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London, United Kingdom
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Mediaeval church in the heart of the brutalist Barbican Estate

There's been a church on this site for well over a thousand years. The current building dates from... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Nicholas H
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

You might think an old church like this would look out of place in a modern complex like the Barbican, but it really works. Inside, it looks like a pretty standard church but it's a nice place to rest your legs for a bit.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

There's been a church on this site for well over a thousand years. The current building dates from 1090, but was rebuilt in the Gothic Perpendicular style in 1394 and the tower was added in 1682. The church was heavily restored after suffering severe damage...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This church dates from 1394 but was gutted during WW2 and therefore has largely been refurbished. It lies in the middle of the 1970's Barbican development and is therefore a little challenging to get to. It has a beautiful East window and has an interesting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

London City of old (now the financial hub of the world) was marked by a wall built by the Romans and rebuilt by subsequent rulers for 1300 years after the Romans left. There were 7 gates into London, and one was called Cripplegate. Cripple may...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank paxnrth
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Traveled by rental bike to see the burial site of John Milton, the author of our ancestry - the fallen angels. With no forewarning or sneak peak at the citations, I encountered the London Wall.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

I went on an Ancestry search (my great, great-Grandparents were married here in 1871). What a wonderful oasis of history/culture right in the middle of the Barbican. It's a 900-year-old church, still working. john Milton is buried here, William Shakespeare worshipped here. You will not...More

Date of experience: February 2017
3  Thank 749David
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Really enjoyed visiting this church with so much history to it, though heavily rebuilt following extrensive damage in the second world war. Set in the midst of the Barbican, itself a fascinating though much more recent historic landmark, St Giles seems to host a lively...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Ollie B
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I used to live in bayswater...and eanted a short trip...someone said barbican and this very old victorian church...i esp visited this church. Coz Milton was a member of this church.n buried..I was so obsessed with paradise lost / regained and other works of this great...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank dorlandooo
Reviewed 27 June 2015

An attractive enough church which was severely damaged by enemy bombing in World War Two but remained standing, unlike almost all other buildings in this area. Heavily restored, it now stands in a 'sea' of concrete within the huge modernist Barbican Development. It stands over...More

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank WMIM
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We traveled to England in September of 2013 to visit my cousin. I wanted to trace some of my first husband's family's ancestry and I knew that John Speed was buried at St. Giles Cripplegate Church. My cousin and I spent almost an hour finding...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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