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All Hallows, by the Tower

London EC3,

The Saxon Abbey of Barking was built in 675 on the site of a Roman building, traces of which can be seen in its Crypt Museum. The church boasts a 7th-century wall from the original abbey, and the outer walls are 15th-century. All Hallows is the only London church with existing Anglo-Saxon fabric, visible in the Undercroft Chapel where the altar is thought to come from the Templar Church of Richard I in the Holy Land. Among its treasured possessions are 17 memorial brasses, mainly in the sanctuary and the Lady Chapel. There is a prized baptismal font cover carved in 1682 by Grinling Gibbons (at a cost of 12), and also on display are the church registers, which record the baptism of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Partially rebuilt in the 17th century, the church escaped serious harm in the Great Fire, which was observed by Samuel Pepys from its tower. Not so lucky in World War II, it suffered severe bomb damage but was subsequently beautifully restored. The main interior is entirely post-war, a masterly interpretation of the late Gothic style.

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