St Ethelburga's Church- Bishopsgate -London
Posted by: Norfolk12
N 51° 30.923 W 000° 04.947
30U E 702427 N 5711175
Quick Description: St Ethelburga's, Bishopsgate, the smallest church in the City of London, which was rebuilt following its destruction by an IRA Bomb and is now a meeting place for Reconcilliation and Peace.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 3:39:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM7KDW
from wikipedia website
St Ethelburga-the-Virgin within Bishopsgate is a former Church of England church in the City of London, located on Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station.
This structure is a rare survival of the medieval City churches that were mostly destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is dedicated to St Ethelburga, a 7th century abbess of Barking; she was the sister of Saint Erkenwald, a Bishop of London. Its foundation date is unknown, but it was first recorded in 1250 as the church of St Adelburga-the-Virgin. The dedication to "-the-Virgin" was dropped in Puritan times but was later restored.
The church was rebuilt in the 15th century – possibly around 1411 – and a small square bell turret was added in 1775. In order to raise revenue for the church, whose parish covered just three acres (12,000 m²), a wooden porch was built over its exterior in the 16th century to house two shops.
It underwent major changes in 1932, when Bishopsgate was controversially widened. The shops were demolished and the porch dismantled, revealing the façade of the church for the first time in centuries.
It suffered modest bomb damage during the London Blitz of the Second World War and was restored in 1953.
In 1993, the church was almost completely destroyed when a massive IRA bomb exploded nearby, devastating Bishopsgate and causing an estimated £350M worth of damage. The Church of England proposed to demolish St Ethelburga's in the aftermath but, following a public outcry, it was rebuilt to its original plan, though much changed internally.
It now houses the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, which organises a programme of more than 100 public events a year exploring the relationship between faith and conflict, as well as inter-faith dialogue and training. It is also used for private meetings to reconcile people in conflict.
The church's tiny interior comprises a nave and aisle divided by an arcade. Most of the original fittings were destroyed by the 1993 bombing (although they were, for the most part, not particularly historic as they dated mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries). One of the more notable survivals is the curious 19th century font, which is inscribed with one of the longest known palindromes, written in Greek: NI?ON ANOMHMATA MH MONAN O?IN, which translates as "Cleanse my transgressions, not only my face".
The church was designated a Grade I listed building on 04 January 1950; and its reconstruction retains the listing."
this tiny church is has a lovely golden weathervane on top with a crown, the building is surrounded by new offices.
To post a visit log to this waymark you need to visit and write about the actual physical location. Any pictures you take at the location would be great, as well.