A beautiful evening in the city…

The venue for our 2012 Winter Reception looked stunning against a bright blue sky in the evening sunshine last night.

St Mary-le-Bow was founded in or around 1080 as the London headquarters of the archbishops of Canterbury, the medieval church of St Mary-le-Bow survived three devastating collapses before being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, it was destroyed once more in 1941 but was again rebuilt and re-consecrated in 1964.

St Mary-le-Bow was thrown into great prominence because it possessed the principal curfew bell, rung at 9pm each day from at least 1363 and because it was the Archbishop’s principal ‘peculiar’. The sound of Bow bell is that which distinguishes an area in which ‘Cockneys’ are said to be born.

2012 Winter Reception

St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London // 1 November, 2012 at 6pm

We are delighted to announce two fascinating speakers: Sir John Tusa and Richard Taylor

Sir John Tusa is a British arts administrator, and radio and television journalist. From 1980 to 1986 he was a main presenter of BBC 2’s Newsnight programme and was then managing director of the BBC World Service until 1993. From 1995 until 2007 he was managing director of the City of London’s Barbican Arts Centre.

Richard Taylor’s best selling book, and subsequent BBC4 TV series Churches: How to Read Them explores how the architecture and symbols of our parish churches have inspired and moved people through the centuries.

We look forward to you joining us to celebrate our work supporting the wonderful churches, chapels and meeting houses of the UK. The evening also provides a great way to meet other supporters and Friends of the National Churches Trust who share our passion for churches.

Tickets are just £35, and can be purchased by contacting us  by email at events@nationalchurchestrust.org

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  1. Eddie

     /  September 27, 2012

    This is fun – will you be telling us about more churches



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