City of London

All-Hallows-by-the-Tower, City of London

The first church was built here in 675, founded by the Monks of Barking Abbey. Some Saxon walling does remain in the church today. The vast majority of the church dates to the mid-17th Century. It was from the tower of All Hallows that Samuel Pepys famously watched the Great Fire of London in 1666. The fire did not reach the church, but the Luftwaffe did and in 1940 it was hit by several bombs destroying all but part of the tower and the exterior walls.

Rebuilding was started immediately after the War and in 1948 the church was rededicated by Queen Elizabeth II. The spire was added in 1957 to the design of Lord Mottistone.

Being so close to the Tower of London, it is inevitable that a number of famous executees should be interred here including Thomas Moore, John Fisher and William Laud. William Penn (of Pennsylvania fame) was baptised in this church and John Quincy Adams (6th US President) was married here.

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