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THE SPLENDOURS OF THE CITY CHURCHES TONY TUCKER Tuesday 19 February 2019

The City of London churches are astonishing in their variety, yet often overlooked by visitors and workers in the City, who regularly pass them by, unaware of the treasures that lie within.  Not only are the churches of great architectural significance, they are also guardians of the City’s history, holding countless stories of  medieval kings and queens, famous statesmen, religious leaders, poets, playwrights and novelists, explorers, academics and even modern film stars and other celebrities.
This lecture explores a wide range of these churches, from St Bartholomew the Great, a survivor from Norman times, through to the classical designs of Wren and Hawksmoor.  Photographs are featured to illustrate the magnificent steeples and domes as well as the craftsmanship of the great woodcarvers, stonemasons and plasterers who created such beautiful interiors.

Describing the immense variety of the Norman, Gothic, Wren and post-Wren churches in the City of London. In addition to their architectural merit, these churches contain hidden treasures – the monuments, paintings and woodcarvings of great craftsmen of the time. Tony also includes stories of the many people connected with the churches: medieval kings and queens; religious leaders; great statesmen and explorers; poets, playwrights and novelists; and modern film stars and personalities.


Tony Tucker

MA in Modern History from Oriel College, Oxford, Qualified City Guide and former Chairman of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and Trustee of the Friends of the City Churches (FCC). Lectures to various City institutions, the FCC, U3A, and various historical associations.  Leads regular guided walks for the City of London Corporation, the Friends of the City Churches and numerous private groups. Publications include The Visitor’s Guide to the City of London Churches  (2006) and regular contributions to Cityguide magazine and the FCC Newsletter.