The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3

Allen, Thomas


St. George, Botolph Lane.


On the west side of stands the church of St. George. It is an ancient rectory, Robert de Haliwell being rector in ; and was originally in the gift of the abbot and convent of , , at whose dissolution it came to the crown.

The old church was destroyed by the fire in , soon after which the present edifice was erected.

It is a small, but very neat church, built by sir Christopher Wren; it stands on the east side of . The north and east fronts are visible, the south side abuts on a small burying ground, and the east end is built against.

The plan is an oblong square, with a tower at the north-west angle, comprised within the body of the church. The whole of the


ashlaring is of Portland stone, the various angles rusticated, upon the whole showing a substantial building, with little but judicious ornament.

The north front of the tower is in stories; the lower contains a door-way, and over it is an arched window, the story has a lintelled window in each face, the whole is finished with a parapet, and on each angle is a vase. The remainder of the north side of the church has windows, with low arched heads, bounded with architraves.

The east front shews a centre and wings, the former has a large arched window, and is finished with a cornice and pediment; the wings have also windows similar to those in the north side, and are finished with portions of a pediment, which appears to be broken by the centre. The interior is approached by a vestibule, through the lower story of the tower; containing a neat poligonal font, with arched cover, and an entrance to the burying-ground. On each side of the body of the church are columns, with composed capitals; the intercolumniations being unequal, they sustain upon their cornice, the semicircular coved ceiling of the centre division, which is made into compartments by enriched ribs. The ceilings of the aisles are horizontal. The altar is tastefully ornamented. The screen has Corinthian columns, sustaining a broken pediment, enclosing the king's arms. On the jambs of the great window are painted whole lengths of Moses and Aaron. On the key stone is carved a cherubim. At the western end is a gallery, containing the organ. The church was finished in , at the cost of

On the south side of the chancel, is a large pew, a high piece of iron scroll work, embellished with the Beckford arms, the city regalia and arms, and the arms of England, inscribed, Sacred to the memory of that real patriot the right honourable William Beckford, twice lord mayor of London, whose incessant spirited efforts to serve his country hastened his dissolution, on the , in the time of his mayoralty, and year of his age. There are several tablets in this church, but their inscriptions are entirely destitute of interest.

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 Title Page
 CHAPTER I: The site, extent, buildings, population, commerce, and a view of the progressive increase of London
 CHAPTER II: List of the parishes and churches in London, with their incumbents, &c
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of Aldersgate Ward
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of Aldgate Ward
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of Bassishaw Ward
CHAPTER VI: History and Topography of Billingsgate Ward
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of Bishopsgate Ward, Without and Within
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of Bread-street Ward
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of Bridge Ward Within
CHAPTER X: History and Topography of Broad-street Ward
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of Candlewick Ward
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of Castle Baynard Ward
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of Cheap Ward
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of Coleman-street Ward
CHAPTER XV: History and Topography of Cordwainer's-street Ward
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of Cornhill Ward
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Ward Within
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of Cripplegate Yard Without
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topography of Dowgate Yard
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of Farringdom Ward Within
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of Farringdon Ward Without
CHAPTER XXII: History and Topography of Langbourn Ward
CHAPTER XXIII: History and Topography of Lime-street Ward
CHAPTER XXIV: History and Topogrpahy of Portsoken Ward
CHAPTER XXV: History and Topography of Queenhithe Ward
CHAPTER XXVI: History and Topography of Tower Ward
CHAPTER XXVII: History and Topography of Vintry Ward
CHAPTER XXVIII: History and Topography of Wallbrook Ward