City of London

St. Botolph, Aldersgate, City of London

One of the minor churches of London, this St. Botolph’s (not be confused with St. Botolph, Aldgate) dates to 1788 when it was rebuilt by Nathanial Wright. The church is rather plain other than the small cupola tower with a gilded weather vane. The east façade was not added until 1831 and is in classical style – it is currently painted a rather horrid turquoise colour. Inside it has one of the few 18th century stained glass windows left in the City, Agony in the Garden by John Pearson, the impact of which is somewhat muddied by two post-war glass windows on either side which John Betjeman described as “hideously out of keeping”.

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