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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th June 1963 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London

24th June 1942 Born today: Mick Fleetwood, London, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way)

24th June 1717 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London

24th June 1509 The Coronation of Henry VIII in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

London's oldest parish church



London's oldest parish church

London's oldest parish church is St Bartholomew's.

Location: West Smithfield, London

Description: St Bartholomew-the-Great, is the only surviving part of a Norman priory and London's oldest parish church.

The priory was established in 1123 by a monk named Rahere, who is buried in the church. Rahere was a court jester to Henry I, and on a pilgrimage to Rome Rahere almost died of malaria and was so grateful for his recovery that he vowed to build a hospital on his return to England. He is reputed to haunt the altar periodically.

In a dream he was saved from a winged monster by St Bartholomew and when he arrived back in England Rahere founded not only a hospital but also a priory and church dedicated to St Bartholomew.

St Bartholomew's Hospital ('Barts'), which has also survived, is London's oldest and best-loved hospital.

In 1725 Benjamin Franklin, the US statesman, served a year as a journeyman printer in the Lady Chapel.

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London's oldest parish church

London's oldest parish church is St Bartholomew's.


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