God and Mammon

The juxtaposition between old and new in the City is everywhere, and most strikingly between old churches, some of them pre the Great Fire of London of 1666, and towering office blocks.
You would think that the money markets and the churches would make uncomfortable neighbours, but not a bit of it.
Most companies have links with local churches. Netball teams from the various banks compete in the churchyard of St Botolph Bishopsgate; Lloyd’s choir sings at St Katherine Cree. Each church hosts carol services for the companies large and small.
During the rest of the year there are busy lunchtime services and talks, bible reading classes, chances for City workers to get from behind their desks and meet.
It seems to work.

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St Andrew Undershaft

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All Hallows London Wall

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St Stephen Walbrook

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Great St Helen’s

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9 thoughts on “God and Mammon

  1. Excellent images Isobel – I particularly like the first one. The Gherkin and St Pauls are still my two favourite buildings in London. London is so stunning. Always makes me feel ridiculously proud to be a Brit.

    I like the way you draw attention to the hitherto unknown. It amazes me that so many churches actually did escape the Blitz. My late aunties were there, nursing, during the Blitz and the way they described it to me as a kid, I imagined there was little left. But maybe it was the East End that took the most devastating hits.

  2. Thanks Jan. The City was very badly damaged during the Second World War. Churches were lost, some were restored. The last bomb site, by Ludgate Hill, was redeveloped in the last fifteen years.
    Opportunities for archaeology resulted in some amazing finds, in particular the Roman fort and the Temple of Mithras.
    The IRA also did its bit to reconfigure the City.
    If you haven’t been inside St Stephen Walbrook, make a space for it on your itinerary next time you are here. Chad Varah was the rector there and it is where he started the Samaritans .

  3. More great photos…..I love OLD architecture – not so crazy about new other than from the “artistic” point of view with the shiny edges and interesting shapes. The first picture of St. Paul’s and the Gherkin puts them both in the same frame so perfectly. Give me a lovely old cathedral any day!

    Pam

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