All Hallows by Tower Church

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Full of fascinating stuff! Mar 14, 2017
Here is a place you should visit before spending vast amounts of time and money at the nearby Tower of London. If you have time after visiting this church, which was founded in 675 AD, a few decades after the Romans left Britain, then, maybe, join the crowds in the Tower!

Here are some of the things that fascinated me on a recent visit. They are in no particular order.

1. Effigy of 'Tubby' Clayton. Tubby was the Rev. PTB Clayton (1885-1972, who was born in Australia of British parents. He is best known for founding Toc H, a charitable organisation that began life as a rest house for WW1 soldiers in wartorn Belgium and then became a huge welfare organisation. Between 1922 and 1962, Tubby was vicar of this church. He lived across Trinity Square at a house that now bears a memorial plaque.

2. William Penn of Pennsylvania fame was baptised here. A plaque outside the church records this fact.

3. There is a Saxon archway ubder the tower. In this archway there is a fine painting from the school of Rubens.

3a. The fine organ was used by Albert Schweitzer to make recordings for Columbia in 1935.

4. The Undercoft Museum is in the crypt and open to the public. Ask if you cannot spot the well hidden staircase!

The following are in the Undercroft Museum:

5. Substantial portions of Roman floor tiling.

6. The simple stone altar in the crypt has an interesting history. Bearing a carved cross of the Knights Templar, this used to stand in the chapel of Castle Athlit in Palestine. Following the fall of Acre and the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 13th century, the castle was evacuated in 1291. This altar was brought to London from Palestine at that time.

I hope that I have whet your apetite for a visit to this wonderful church, a veritable repository of history.
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Ils1976 says:
so many interesting facts!
Posted on: Mar 19, 2017
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