St John Clerkenwell

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View of the facade of the old St John, Clerkenwell, 1818; engraver Joseph John Skelton.

St John Clerkenwell is a parish church in Clerkenwell, London. It is housed in a rebuild of the old Priory church of Clerkenwell Priory (its crypts are those of the Priory church), purchased by the fifty new churches.

It was restored and improved by a Mr. Griffith in 1845. In 1878 one of the large painted windows at the east end still survived, as did remains of Prior Thomas Docwra's church in the south and east walls, and capitals and rib mouldings of the former church underpinned the pews. In 1868 its living was a rectory valued £260, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. It was reconstructed from the former choir walls after bomb damage in 1941.

The outline of the round church consecrated in 1185 is marked out in St John's Square in front of the church; to the south of the church is a Garden of Remembrance on the site of a 16th-century chapel.

Bibliography[edit]

  • C. R. B King, "The Crypt of the Priory Church of St. John, at Clerkenwell", Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 1898, Vol. 21, 168-174

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Coordinates: 51°31′23″N 0°6′11″W / 51.52306°N 0.10306°W / 51.52306; -0.10306