Church of the Week: St Martin-in-the-Fields

This week's featured church is St. Martin-in-the-Fields, an Anglican church on Trafalgar Square in London. It is named after Martin of Tours, the Roman soldier who famously gave half his cloak to a beggar. Robin, Aubrey, Aaron, and I visited this church with our dear friend Nigel Horridge in 1995.

The location of the church dates at least as far back as 1222, according to historical records. The church was rebuilt by Henry VIII in 1542 to avoid plague victims from the area having to pass through his Palace of Whitehall. At this time, it was literally "in the fields" in an isolated position between the cities of Westminster and London. It survived the Great Fire of London, but was replaced with a new building in 1721 and completed five years later. The church is essentially rectangular, with a great pediment in the Classical style supported by a row of huge Corinthian columns. The high steeple is topped with a gilt crown.

We particularly enjoyed the Cafe in the Crypt, a very cool restaurant in the ancient crypt under the church itself.

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