St Clement Danes - Strand, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.783 W 000° 06.850
30U E 700237 N 5710829
Quick Description: St Clement Danes church stands on a traffic island in the Strand. The first church, on this site, was built in the 9th century. The current church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and suffered extensive damage during the Second World War.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/27/2012 9:21:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMF5ND
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:

The church is open daily between 9am and 4pm (excpet Bank Holidays). Te notice board, outside the church, advises that the Sunday service is held at 11am and at 12.30pm on Wednesday and Fridays.

The RAF website [visit link] tells of the church prior to 1941:

"For over 1,000 years a church has stood on this spot.

Tradition holds that it was originally built by Danes expelled from the City of London by King Alfred in the ninth century.

It is mentioned in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book (1086) and for nearly 150 years was in the care of the Knights Templar (1170-1312).

The church escaped damage in the Great Fire of London (1666) but was rebuilt in 1681 by Christopher Wren and a steeple was added to the tower by James Gibbs in 1719.

On 10 May 1941 incendiary bombs gutted the building leaving only the walls and tower standing, so ending another chapter in its rich history."

And since 1958 [visit link]:

"In 1953 the church was handed into the keeping of the Air Council and a world-wide appeal was launched to rebuild St Clement Danes.

Bequests and donations from organisations and individuals poured in so that the necessary £250,000 (that’s over £4m in current funds) was raised and within two years restoration work could begin.

Re-consecrated in 1958 as a perpetual shrine of remembrance to those killed on active service and those of the Allied Air Forces who gave their lives during the Second World War, it is a living church prayed in daily and visited throughout the year by thousands seeking solace and reflection.

See photos from the celebrations surrounding the 90th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force in the Gallery."

The church is Grade I listed and the entry at the English Heritage website [visit link] tells us:

"Church of St Clement Danes G.V. I Church. Rebuild of 1680-82 by Sir Christopher Wren, reusing but recasing C15 masonry of west tower, which above the clock stage was completed with spire by James Gibbs in 1719. Gutted in World War II and restored 1955-58 by W A S Lloyd. Portland stone. West tower and steeple, apsidal east end. The tower is flanked by 2-storey domed lobbies with segmental headed doorways, heavy porch projecting from tower base; Gibbs surrounds to bell stage openings, the steeple rising in 3 diminishing octagonal stages, the middle one with concave entablature. Squat lower register windows to sides with tall semicircular arched windows in architraves above,lighting galleries. Restored interior with broad tunnel vault, galleries and groin vaulted aisles, the latter, uniquely in a Wren church, being continued as ambulatory round east end with further semi-domed apse added."

 

City, State or City, Country: London, United Kingdom

Year Built: 1680-1682

Architect: Sir Christopher Wren

Webpage from GreatBuildings.com or other approved listing: [Web Link]

Other website with more information about building: [Web Link]

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