St. Giles Cripplegate
St. Giles Cripplegate
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Linda R
East Cowes, UK31 bidrag
jul. 2023 • Familie
Beautiful building, very peaceful setting. Unfortunately, we could not look inside as it was closed to public.
Skrevet 27. juli 2023
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Louise V
London, UK175 bidrag
jun. 2023 • Venner
I went to a concert in this church, which is right in the middle of the Barbican estate (so big contrast in architecture).The church is lovely inside but there is no toilet so make sure you go before you arrive!
Skrevet 10. juni 2023
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Brian T
London, UK6 782 bidrag
apr. 2023 • Alene
This is almost a bizarre sight: a beautiful medieval church sitting incongruously in the middle of 1970s development where the architecture is nothing short of brutal. The whole district, the Barbican Estate, is characterised by the monumental use of reinforced concrete. Some 2000 flats in both low and high-rise towers were built, amidst a lake with a lakeside terrace, gardens and fountains, shops, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the City of London School for Girls, the Barbican Library, and a world-renowned multi-disciplinary cultural hub that is the Barbican Centre. It’s certainly monumental in scale, very angular and geometric to the eye, unbelievably grey and soulless, very high-density, and very confusing - everything is connected by a nightmare of elevated walkways with multiple entrances and exits. And in the midsts of it all sits St Giles Church, or, to give it its official name, St Giles-without-Cripplegate. And that alone is a good reason to visit, to see this curios site in an even more curious location. In the midst of the ugliness, there is a thing of beauty.

This church has been a part of this area’s history for over 1000 years. Its foundation was a church built in stone around 1090; it was expanded in 1394 when it gained its large gothic windows; the striking brick tower was added in 1694. Even more curious is that whilst the whole area around the church was wiped out during the Second World War, the church survived, despite being hit twice during the Blitz. It was burnt out, though the tower, chancel arcade and outer walls survived.

The church was open when I visited, though there was not a soul in sight. The interior is light and airy as a result of the refit after the Blitz, and there’s many interesting artefacts. Look carefully and you will see some medieval stone seats (sedilia) and a stone basin (piscina). There’s an 18th century font, and a display area on the south wall which shows off a few of the church's best historic artefacts.

It was lovely to just sit awhile and appreciate how this edifice survived the Blitz; it’s a thing of beauty in an area that was savaged during the war and which was rebuilt in quite a savage architectural style (though it was regarded as ‘visionary’ at the time of construction.

The ‘Cripplegate’ suffix refers to one of the defended gateways into the medieval city of London. The word ‘without’ simply means ‘outside’. So ’St Giles-without-Cripplegate’ simply means that the church was outside the medieval walls of London, near the gateway known of Cripplegate. You can actually see sections of that medieval wall which was a built on Roman foundations. It certainly does not refer to lame or crippled people, as you might expect.

It’s worth seeking out. But it’s not the easiest to get to. The elevated covered walkways, with many entrances and exits, seem to lead everywhere. Once you get into the inner core of the Barbican Centre, just locate the church by the gardens and pools, and take whatever stairs you can find to get down to the forecourt of the church. Barbican and Moorgate are the closest underground stations.
Skrevet 18. april 2023
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leilei00009
Hellas393 bidrag
jan. 2023
Great venue for a concert! Gothic architecture and wonderfule windows and organ. No toilet in here, so make sure you visit one before coming to the church.
Skrevet 19. januar 2023
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futtock21
London, UK11 616 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Alene
The trouble with being part of the Barbican estate is the risk of being incorporated into the arts complex. St. Giles Cripplegate is a church which has existed in this site since medieval times but destroyed three times in its history most recently during the Blitz since when it has been reconstructed following plans as to what it looked like in 1536. It sits on one side of an ornamental lake overlooking the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music. It comes into its own on one of the days celebrating the life and works of an individual composer during which there might be an early afternoon chamber music event in Milton Hall (part of GSM), and an orchestral concert in the evening in Barbican Hall proper with a choral concert in between at St. Giles. Thus it was yesterday for an event celebrating the life and work of Swedish ‘maverick’ (is there such a thing as a conventional Swede I ask myself?) Anders Hallberg . Problem is access to and from the venues the other side of the lake involves a climb up to a high level walkway. Nevertheless yesterday’s concert featuring the BBC Singers in works by Hallberg, late Swede Sandstrom, the dynamic and very much alive Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and mystic Frenchman Oliver Messiaen was well worth the effort. A lot of chit-chat in Swedish from the row immediately behind me before the concert began.
Skrevet 23. februar 2020
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susanrichmond3
Barry, UK11 bidrag
des. 2019 • Venner
They were having a book week. Very nice church. Would visit again. Ladies attending inside were very helpful.
Skrevet 25. desember 2019
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Fosseboy
Vest-Australia, Australia650 bidrag
okt. 2019
Really hidden amongst the tall buildings of the Barbican. Pretty old church. The choir were rehearsing carols so that added to the ambience.
Skrevet 20. november 2019
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6 572 bidrag
jun. 2019 • Alene
When visiting the Barbican Centre you cannot avoid seeing St Giles-without-Cripplegate. This Anglican church was one of the few medieval churches left in the City of London, having survived the Great Fire of 1666.

Oliver Cromwell was married in the church in 1620. John Milton (author of Paradise Lost) buried in the church in 1674 and John Bunyan (author of The Pilgrim's Progress) attended the church.

The church contains several interesting items and is thus well worth a visiting.
Skrevet 7. juni 2019
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In-Yong H
London, UK657 bidrag
okt. 2018 • Alene
You might think an old church like this would look out of place in a modern complex like the Barbican, but it really works. Inside, it looks like a pretty standard church but it's a nice place to rest your legs for a bit.
Skrevet 25. oktober 2018
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Nicholas H
London, UK20 576 bidrag
okt. 2018 • Alene
There's been a church on this site for well over a thousand years. The current building dates from 1090, but was rebuilt in the Gothic Perpendicular style in 1394 and the tower was added in 1682. The church was heavily restored after suffering severe damage in the Blitz. The interior is very spacious and has some glorious stain glass windows, as well as many statues and busts of famous people associated with the church. It's a curious juxtaposition to find this piece of mediaeval religious history in the middle of the brutalist style Barbican Estate, built in the 1960s and 1980s. Very well worth a visit.
Skrevet 11. oktober 2018
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