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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 21 July 2014

Christchurch Greyfriars Garden

This week I am focussing on the area surrounding St Paul's Cathedral in London.


Visiting the sights of London and want a sit down or fancy a sandwich outside rather than a restaurant. Well if you are near St Paul's here is a peaceful place to go. It is just a couple of hundred metres away from the Cathedral but you would be surprised how many people don't know it exists. There has been a church on this site since the 13th C. It was rebuilt and consecrated in 1322 but this medieval church was destroyed in the Great fire of London in 1666.




The name Greyfriars originated from the grey habits worn by the  Franciscan monks.
Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt the church after the Great Fire but sadly it was bombed during World War 2.



Now the Church is a beautiful garden with the garden beds laid out where the original pews were.


Sharing with Our World Tuesday

22 comments:

  1. I wish I had seen that. It looks like a lovely, peaceful spot.

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  2. I've seen this before somewhere, bit of a forgotten gem

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  3. Kind of on the wild side, which is nice.

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  4. What a great place to enshrine the beauty of nature

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  5. The Church lives on after all its beatings.

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  6. Very nice. I love all the history you have in London, and that you share it with me! :-)

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  7. Hi Marie, What a sad life for that gorgeous old church.. BUT---I guess having beautiful flowers growing where the pews were is a good thing....

    Loved this post. Thanks.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. What an interesting old church. Love your photos - they captured it nicely!

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  9. So close, yest you feel so far away. I nice thing to know.

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  10. Such a pretty little spot. Thanks for sharing --will be a good lunch destination in September.

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  11. That is so beautiful and astonishing to find in the middle of London.

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  12. The church's garden is lovely! What a quiet and pretty spot. The clematis looks huge, so pretty. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  13. Lovely photography of parts of London ~ wonderful gardens and other delights ~ Great shots for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. Such antiquity in the midst of a modern city is grand! Thanks for the tour of the gardens.

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  15. A lovely series of shots and thanks for the explanation about Greyfriars. ( My late father was a fireman in London during the blitz, so I wonder whether he attended this particular fire.)

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  16. Wow, thank you SO much for the England atmosphere; LOVE the old stone Cathedral and sad history, too!

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  17. That's a beautiful Church and garden.

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  18. It's a beautiful stone building and a lovely garden. What a neat idea to put the garden within the walls.

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  19. Absolutely stunning photos!! Floral, song and blue sky. What more can you ask for? Thanks for sharing these... :-)

    Lory
    Designthusiasm.com

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  20. I'm amazed at how you fossik out these wonderful hidden treasures right in the centre of London.
    Hopefully they will remain in their natural state for others to stumble across and go Wow!

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  21. I have never been in this area and only saw St. Paul's from the bus top ! Sometimes it is really surprising to find such nice green spots in the middle of London ! When I think that we had a B&B room with a little garden with palm trees and roses just opposite St Pancras !

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