19 Jul 2012

A trip to London

Outside Sheffield City Centre train station very early in the morning

8.40 p.m.  St. Pancras Station, London, departing  for home.

Yesterday, I went with a group from Sheffield Anglican Cathedral on a visit to several of the churches in London where we have personal links and a similar vision for our community to learn about their past and present history and ministry of service.
It was a full day walking, travelling by taxi and underground, but we had the benefit of the hospitality of members of the clergy who gave us an insight into the life of the spiritual community in each place.  We were given the opportunity to view areas of these buildings, including courtyards and chapels, not often open to the public and at the end of the evening in Westminster Abbey we participated in a prayer walk around the Abbey.
Of course, moving quickly as a group in the rain, mainly around the Westminster area on a dull and mainly rainy day, it was not possible to take many outside photos. Similarly, interior shots were not permitted, restricted or the lighting was poor. Here are some of the photos I was able to take.

A corner of Trafalgar Square.  On the left is the National Portrait Gallery.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is across the way.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Robert Koenig's 'Odyssey' is on display throughout St. Martin's. The figures have been
carved from lime trees from his mother's home village in Poland.
These trees bore witness to many dramatic events that shaped the lives
of the people in the last 100 years.


In 1998 St. John's Abbey, Minnesota, a Benedictine religious community,
commissioned the master scribe, Donald Jackson,
to make an illuminated manuscript Bible.
'Victims of Injustice and Violence' sculpture by Chaim Stephenson
remembers all victims of injustice and violence in South Africa
during the years of apartheid.  Dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1994.

The East Window above the altar designed by Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary

Above the sanctuary the golden sunburst holds the Hebrew name for God.
The coat of arms of King George I who was the first churchwarden
of this Royal Parish Church is just visible
St. Martin-in-the Fields is the Royal Parish Church of Buckingham Palace.
To the left of the altar is a room with an upstairs gallery that can be used by Royalty.

The beautifully-carved 18th century pulpit.
Handel played the opening recital here in 1726.  This organ dates from 1990.
We had lunch in the cafe in the Crypt.
More about our visit to the Chapels in St. James' Palace and Westminster Abbey another time.


  1. Wow! What an incredible day that had to be despite the rain! My favorites are the statue representing Apartheid, the Sunburst, and the pulpit. Those pulpits always awe me. God would have to help me walk up them before I even could speak!:>)

  2. lunch in the Crypt:)
    i've enjoyed st. martin's in concert on one visit to london but have never beaten the crowds into westminster. it was interesting to see the note about the illuminated bible in minnesota, my home state:)

  3. What a day of magnificent sights. It would be hard to choose a favorite.

  4. A busy, tiring but interesting day, thanks for sharing.