An occasional saunter through the churches of the Square Mile                                
        An occasional saunter through the churches of the Square Mile

                                 
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All Hallows Staining

   
          All Hallows Staining

                                 
         
All Hallows is set in the lattice of lanes south of Fenchurch Street Station which are a reminder of what much of the eastern part of the City was like before the Big Bang of the 1980s and the consequent and regretable loosening of planning regulations. The medieval church here survived the Great Fire but collapsed from neglect a few years later. It was rebuilt, though not by the Wren workshop, and appears to have been considered rather dull and nondescript. All Hallows was one of the churches demolished by the Diocese of London in the 1870s, as the working population of the City parishes fled for the new middle-class suburbia. The money raised when the land was sold was used to build churches in East London, and the parish was united with that of St Olave Hart Street. The tower was kept on the initiative of the Clothworkers' Company, whose Hall is next door.

The tower appears to be early 14th Century, so before the Black Death ripped through the City parishes. There was probably once an upper stage and spirelet. Bizarrely, the antiquarian enthusiasm of the Clothworkers for a showpiece by their Hall extended to moving an early 12th Century vaulted crypt from the demolished Lambe's Chapel in Cripplegate. Lambe had been a benefactor of the Clothworkers, and established his chapel in the late 16th Century in the buildings of the former early medieval hermitage of St James in the Wall. The crypt was moved in the 1870s and now lies underground here to the east of the tower. In 1957 the Clothworkers Company built a hall on church land to the south of the tower for the use of the parish of St Olave Hart Street.

                         

Simon Knott, December 2015


location: Mark Lane EC3R 7NQ - 4/003
status: tower only
access: set in public space

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