St. Mary, Bryanston Square, London

This very typical early-1800s style church seems to have been built almost as much to complete the view of Bryanston Square than to actually have a parish function.

The Church Commissioner’s had it built between 1823-24 to designed by Robert Smirke to seal off the view from the bottom end of the Square and make it a complete vista from inside the Square. Fortunately Smirke was a fine church designer and the portico and tower are amongst the most picturesque of their kind in London – and there are a large number of very similar churches in London!

An earlier church may have stood here, however, for there are records of at least one marriage dating to 1818.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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