Churches of High Society

Green Park underground station, London (north exit, on the corner)

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Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
15 February 2020 Tour du Jour10.45 am12.45 pm

You’d expect the wealthy of the West End to commission the very best when they needed a new church. They didn’t disappoint. This walk presents you with gems from four of the country’s greatest architects – Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, John Nash and James Gibb. Not to be upstaged, the Victorians added a masterpiece of high Gothic. Even Augustus Pugin – the man who brought you the Palace of Westminster – gets in on the act. Yes, high society had high standards. Or did it?

There’s a lot more than meets the eye. Just how did the richest in the land get their hands on taxpayers’ money to build their parish church from funds gathered to bring God to the poor? Why does a Catholic church dare not show its face? How come a local builder gets away with ripping off the designs of one of the era’s greatest architect? And last but not least, check out the chapel they had to close down to stop love-lorn lords betrothing themselves to local dairymaids.

Come on this walk to enjoy the highs – and the lows – of the West End’s greatest churches.

CHURCHES OF HIGH SOCIETY – THE PRACTICALS

Churches of High Society takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, February 15. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit (by the fountain) of Green ParkTube

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