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ALL HALLOWS by the TOWER

All Hallows by the Tower was founded in 675AD - it is the oldest church in the City of London. An arch from this original church remains and, beneath that, a fragment of Roman pavement. The church has looked after the bodies of those beheaded on nearby tower hill, including Thomas More's and, from the tower of the church, Samuel Pepys watched London burn in 1666. The founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, was baptised here and notable weddings included those of John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA, and Judge Jeffries, famous for his 'bloody assizes' in the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor of 1685. All Hallows survived the Great Fire, thanks to the efforts of Pepys' friend Admiral Penn, but was fairly comprehensively bombed during WW2 and rebuilt in the 1950s. A long-serving vicar of the church was 'Tubby' Clayton, founder of 'Toc H', the rest and recuperation centre for troops in Belgium during WW1.

Region:
Location/Address: Byward Street
County: London
Post Code: EC3R 5BJ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: All Hallows by the Tower's website
Tip/Nearby: Tower of London
Primary Management: Church authorities
ALL SAINTS’, Brixworth

All Saints', Brixworth, is the largest surviving Anglo-Saxon church in Britain. The Saxon builders re-used Roman bricks when constructing their arches. It is also known that a monastery was founded on the site toward the end of the 7th century, sacked by the Danes. The church includes Norman features, an 11th century round tower and a 15th century spire. It is also famous for the Brixworth Relic - a human throat bone that allegedly once belonged to St Boniface.

Location/Address: Church Street
Brixworth
County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: NN6 9DF
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Brixworth - All Saints' church
Tip/Nearby: 6 or 7 miles north of Northampton on the A508
Primary Management: Church authorities
ALL SAINTS’, Earls Barton

A very special church dating from 10th century. The tower is the main survivor from this period and contains some unique Anglo-Saxon architectural decoration. The rest of the church was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. One of several Saxon churches in the area.

Location/Address: High Street
Earls Barton
County: Northamptonshire
Post Code: NN6 0JG
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Earls Barton - our finest Saxon church tower
Useful Website Address: All Saints' website
Tip/Nearby: Brixworth church
Primary Management: Church authorities
Alloway Auld Kirk

The ruined old church at Alloway dates from the 16th century, though the site could be much older. It is most famous now due to it being featured in Robert Burns' poem 'Tam o' Shanter' (1791), as the place where witches and warlocks gather. The churchyard is fascinating and includes the graves of Burns' father, William Burnes, and sister, Isabella Burns Begg. Combine with a visit to the Robert Burns' Museum, his birthplace, Burns Monument and Brig o' Doon.

Region:
Location/Address: 40 Alloway
County: Ayrshire
Post Code: KA7 4PQ
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Useful Website Address: Burns Museum website (NTS)
Tip/Nearby: The Robert Burns' Museum, the cottage where he was born, the Burns Monument and Brig o' Doon are all within walking distance.
Primary Management: National Trust for Scotland
Anne Bronte's burial place

Anne Bronte is the only one of the famous siblings not to be buried in the family vault at Haworth. She worked as a governess in Scarborough and journeyed the 70 miles from home when she was ill, hoping the sea air would help. She arrived on Saturday 25 May 1849, very ill, accompanied by her sister Charlotte and a friend, Ellen and died on the Monday. Charlotte commissioned the very worn headstone seen today, but returning 3 years afterwards found a number of errors on it. The errors, whatever they were, were seemingly corrected – but the inscription still has Anne’s age wrong. A modern plaque has been placed on the ground by the Bronte Society.

St Mary's Church dates from the 12th century and is interesting in its own right. Canons were based in the churchyard during the Civil War, from which Parliamentary troops exchanged fire with the Royalists in the castle.

Location/Address: 158 Castle Rd
Scarborough
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO11 1HY
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Our Bronte Tour Begins In Haworth
Useful Website Address: Website of the Bronte Society
Tip/Nearby: Scarborough Castle
Primary Management: Church authorities
Blackfriars Chapel, St Andrews

The tiny ruins of Blackfriars' Chapel are the only visible remains of a Dominican Friary that was established in St Andrews c1464. The friars wore black robes - hence the name. The chapel was built in 1525 as an extension to the church, but was destroyed during the Scottish Reformation, presumably when, or shortly after, the friars were 'violently expelled' in 1559. So, there's very little to see but it's worth having a look when you're in town.

Region:
Location/Address: South Street
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9EH
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: West Port, St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Castle
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
BURROW MUMP

A natural hill rising out of the Somerset levels, with the ruins of a church, St Michael's, on top, giving the place an evocative feel. There was probably a castle on the site once. Burrow Mump also has possible associations with King Alfred, who hid in the marshes around nearby Athelney to escape the Danes.  It is now a war memorial, dedicated to all those from Somerset who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Post Code is for the nearby King Alfred pub. Small free car park at the foot of the hill.

Region:
Location/Address: A361
Burrowbridge
County: Somerset
Post Code: TA7 0RB
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Tip/Nearby: Willow and Wetland Visitor Centre. Glastonbury and Wells aren't far.
Primary Management: National Trust
CARTMEL PRIORY

Apart from a gatehouse off Cartmel's village square, the Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael is all that remains of the priory founded in 1190 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, and one of the premier knights of the realm. The Augustinian priory was dissolved in 1536, but, having nowhere else to worship, the village was allowed to keep the church. Hence, for a parish church, it is very grand - with an enormous east window and many fascinating features and fine monuments.

Location/Address: Cartmel
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA11 6PU
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Cartmel Priory website
Tip/Nearby: Holker Hall, Levens, Sizergh Castle
Primary Management: Church authorities
CHRISTCHURCH GREYFRIARS

A tranquil city garden on the site of the former 13th century Franciscan church of Greyfriars. It was the burial place of four queens and was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. A replacement church, designed by Christopher Wren, was destroyed by bombing in 1940, though the west tower still stands.

Region:
Location/Address: King Edward Street
County: London
Post Code: EC1A 7BA
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The ghosts of Christ Church Greyfriars
Tip/Nearby: St Pauls
Primary Management: Local Authority
Culross Abbey

Culross Abbey was founded by Malcolm, earl of Fife in 1217-1218 as a daughter house of the Cistercian monastery at Kinloss. The abbey church was built soon after, with work continuing into the 1300s. The abbey had a reputation for producing fine books, but monastic life came to an end with the Reformation of 1560. The choir and presbytery of the abbey church were taken over as the parish church, but most of the abbey buildings fell into ruin, so little remains. What there is is fascinating, however (including a climb up a ladder into the remains of the vaulted refectory). The church itself is cruciform and contains several items of particular interest. Probably the most impressive is the Bruce Vault, built in 1642, which houses the marble memorial to Sir George Bruce, builder of Culross Palace, and his wife. The memorial includes eight kneeling statues, representing the couple's children, in front of the memorial. There are also the effigies of a knight in armour and a lady, John Stewart of Innermeath, Lord of Lorn, and his wife, dating from 1445 but badly defaced during the Reformation.

Region:
Location/Address: Kirk Street
Culross
County: Fife
Post Code: KY12 8JD
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: Culross Palace, St Mungo's Chapel
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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