Wednesday, October 9, 2013

St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington – London

St Mary Abbots is an historic church, located on Kensington High Street, in the centre of London. The current church building was built in 1872 by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in neo-Gothic Early English style. The design was almost certainly influenced by Scott’s earlier work on Dunblane Cathedral on which the west front’s tall window and carved tympanum, is loosely based.






 It is the last church, in a succession of churches that have stood on the site since around 1100 AD. The remarkable fact about this church is that it has the tallest spire in London. The 85 metres high spire is clearly influenced by that of St. Mary Radcliffe in Bristol. Remembering the past, the present church contains many fittings from the earlier churches, especially funeral monuments from the mid-17th century onwards. 






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