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St Giles Cripplegate

One of the few remaining medieval churches in the City of London having escaped the Great Fire of London in 1666 although the roof, interior and fittings were destroyed by fire during the Second World War. With its origins going back to Saxon times this church stood just outside the City Wall at the important Cripplegate, preserved sections of the ancient wall can still be see near the church; the foundations are generally Roman but higher up the structure is of varying later dates.

The furniture, including the pews, the altar and the font in the northeast corner of the church all come from St Luke’s Old Street, a church by Nicholas Hawksmoor which closed in 1959, and has since been restored to function as the home of the London Symphony Orchestra.

There are monuments to some of the many notable figures connected with the church including Martin Frobisher the explorer; John Speed historian and map-maker and publisher of important maps of English counties and towns; John Milton author of Paradise Lost. Oliver Cromwell was married here 1620.

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