St Dunstan’s in the West is one of the oldest churches in London, with a history going back to 988AD. This particular church building is of much more recent provenance as the previous church was demolished to allow the widening of the Fleet Street in 1829AD.
This clock was the first clock in London to have a minute hand. On the quarter of the hour, these two figures, perhaps of Gog and Magog, strike the bells. Despite their rather negative connotations, did you know that figures of these two chaps are carried in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London?
Another plaque commemorates another journalist.
This statue of Queen Elizabeth I dates back to 1586, this was removed from the old Ludgate and is the oldest outdoor statue in London. Now she was an amazing character, its so interesting that England has thrown up such strong monarchs most of the time.
That is the exit/entrance to the church and has the organ pipes loaded up above it. I think the Romanian service had just finished. This church also serves the Romanians in London as the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
This massive carved wooden structure is typical of orthodox churches, where each panel has Christian scenes painted on them, but mind you, I have never seen a more intricately carved structure before and I have been to some churches in Turkey, Greece, Eastern Europe and Russia. Beautiful polished wood, delicate tracery, just lovely.
I hate these lamps, these are the new energy efficient lamps, they shine a bilious light on the altars and make them look jaundiced and ill. Disgusting. How can one be with God when the light that is thrown on the artefacts makes them look like they are ill? bah.
The altar and the pulpit. Note that the pulpit has an octagonal roof as well.
This altar is apparently dedicated to Lutheran Church in Berlin.
This altar is dedicated to the Oriental Churches (Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian, Syro-Indian) and a shrine of the Lutheran and Reformed Churches is shown below. Bloody hell, this is a United Nations of Churches right here.
Massive font and this time its covered by this wooden structure. Interesting. Also interesting is the statue in the background, its just half, couldn't go inside but interesting, looks like a sleeping lady.
Heading out of the church with a last look back.
Outside looking up at the steeple. Hmmm, I am afraid I wasnt that impressed by the church. It was too dark, too squashed and then the really horrible thing was the bloody lamps, they made the entire church look horrible. And if they had all the lamps like that, it wouldnt look that bad. But some were the flood lights, some were normal old style lights and some of these bilious lights. It really made the church look very dingy and sad. Not good, didnt like it, sorry, mate.