St Helen’s Bishopsgate

After visiting St Andrew Undershaft I moved on to the nearby St Helen’s Bishopsgate. There was already a tour in progress when I arrived and as I’d already diverted from my original plan by some hours I decided to just wander around on my own taking photos.

The church dates from the 12th century with Benedictine nuns being given permission to establish a nunnery in the grounds in 1210. When Shakespeare moved to London in 1584 this would have been his local parish church.

Like St Andrew Undershaft it came out of the Great Fire of London and the Blitz unharmed but was badly damaged by an IRA bomb on April 10th 1992 which shattered all the glass windows and damaged the organ.

You can find more photos here.

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