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17. LONDON St Mary Temple Church & Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West

These two churches are on opposite sides of Fleet Street

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The Temple Church

Temple Church

The original church was built in 1185 by the Knights Templar, an order founded to protect pilgrims on their pilgrimage journey to Jerusalem

 

Temple Church

The Temple Church: The elaborately carved west doorway

 

The Temple Church: Details of the elaborately carved west door

 

The Temple Church: You can make out parts of the original medieval circular church that modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

 

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The great east windowabove the altar

 

Some details from the east window

 

The north-east and south-east windows of the east end of the Temple Church.

 

 

Left & Right: William Marshal, First Earl of Pembroke, died 1219

 

1st Earl of Pembroke

 

William Marshal, second Earl of Pembroke, died 1231

 

Left: Gilbert Marshal, fourth Earl of Pembroke, died 1241

Right: comparison with William Marshal, First Earl of Pembroke, died 1219

 

Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke.

 

Monument from the tomb of a member of the de Ros family (14th century)

 


The Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The church occupies a narrow slot onto the street but does open out when you get inside. There was a church here in medieval times, but the present church was built in ?

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: Details of the tower with its distinctive octagonal lantern built in neo-Gothic style.

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The great clock to the right of the church tower is part of the much earlier clock temple erected by the parishioners in thanks for escaping the Great Fire of London. Under the 'alcove' are Gog and Magog in guild loincloths, nod their heads and clang the bells on the hour.

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The strikers of the bells on church clock

 

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The central area of worship, octagonal shaped.

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: Memorial plaque to ?

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: Victorian stained glass window

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The organ

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The very geometrically constructed roof.

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: Victorian stained glass windows

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: A nicely carved font

 

Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West: The high altar and icons, the church is mainly used by Anglicans but once a month a service is conducted in Romanian for the City's Romanian Orthodox worshippers.

 

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