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By Malcolm Johnson

After the devastation of 1666, the Church of britain within the urban of London was once given fifty-one new structures as well as the twenty-four that had survived the good hearth. throughout the subsequent hundred years others have been in-built the 2 towns of London and Westminster, such a lot with a crypt as spacious because the church above. This e-book relates the superb tales of those areas, revealing a regularly remarkable part to lifestyles – and demise – contained in the church buildings of ancient London. the tale of those crypts relatively begun whilst, opposed to the desires of architects equivalent to Wren and Vanbrugh, the clergy, churchwardens and vestries made up our minds to earn a few funds via interring filthy rich parishioners of their crypts. via 1800 there have been seventy-nine church crypts in London, full of the final is still of Londoners either illustrious and usual. Interments in internal London led to the 1850s; considering the fact that then, fifty-two crypts were cleared, and 5 partly cleared – in each one case leading to the ugly enterprise of relocating human continues to be. this present day, many crypts have a brand new existence as chapels, eating places, clinical centres and museums. With infrequent illustrations all through, this attention-grabbing research unearths the outstanding background hidden underneath the church buildings of our capital.

Malcolm Johnson is a retired priest, and has a PhD from King’s university, London. His well-received St Martin-in- the-Fields was once released via Phillimore in 2005.

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