CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE THE MARTYR
St. George the Martyr in Borough is one of
oldest churches and is believed to be the first church in
There is no record, or even description, of this Norman church which was knocked down in the 14th Century and rebuilt. This second church can be seen in William Hogarth’s “Southwark Fair” painted in 1733 where it shown with a cupola atop the tower. Almost immediately after this the church was demolished again and the current church by John Price was built. It was consecrated in 1736, by which time Price had died.
The exterior of Price’s church remains more or less unaltered, but the interior was redesigned in 1897 and then rebuilt after World War II when the interior was badly damaged by bombing.
During the 19th Century the Borough was
the most densely populated areas in
Today, the Borough is a much more civilised and pleasant place centred more on the famous Borough Market than St. George the Martyr which stands opposite Borough London Underground Station, a proud bastion of Georgian London flanked by modernity and now towered over by the nearby Shard building.
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