St Bartholomew the Great

One of the things I like about doing what I do is – well, I just didn’t know that my day was going to feature St Bartholomew The Great.

Sometimes I find myself having meetings in places I would never otherwise see. A project discussion in a pretty cloister café had me tarrying for a while: what with the chequerboard of stone and flint on the way in and a glimpse at an interior full of Romanesque arches, lace-like details and strange inside-outside gallery windows it would have been a waste not to wander in and have a looking-around break. One of London’s oldest churches, it was founded in 1123 and survived the Great Fire of London. There’s a pre-reformation font where Hogarth was baptised, a little memorial to Percival and Agnes Smallpiece, proud in their wooden ruffs, and enough marvellous memorial stones to keep a type nerd happy for days.

It’s been in The Other Boleyn Girl, Shakespeare In Love and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Tucked-away near Barbican station, it’s well worth a trundle around.

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