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St BARTHOLOMEW the GREAT

St BARTHOLOMEW the GREAT

The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great claims to be the oldest surviving church building in London. It was established as an Augustinian priory and hospital in 1123 by Rahere, a courtier of Henry I's, who saw the light. Hence the foundation of St Bart's Hospital - which adjoins the church. The Priory was dissolved in 1539 and the nave demolished - but the magnificent remains still serve as a parish church. Somehow, Rahere's tomb survived. Part of the cloisters also survive - now used as a cafe. This is a working parish church. It has nevertheless featured in numerous TV and film productions.

West Smithfield
London
EC1A 9DS
Medieval
Smithfield - site of fairs and executions, now a meat market. Various memorials nearby, including to William Wallace.
Church authorities