Christ Church Spitalfields, is an Anglican church built between 1714 and 1729 to a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor. Situated on Commercial Street, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, on its western border and facing the City of London, it was one of the first (and arguably one of the finest) of the so-called "Commissioners' Churches" built for the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches, which had been established by an Act of Parliament in 1711.Plan your Christ Church Spitalfields visit and explore what else you can see and do in London using our London trip itinerary builder tool .
The purpose of the Commission was to acquire sites and build fifty new churches to serve London's new settlements. This parish was carved out of the huge medieval Stepney parish for an area then dominated by Huguenots (French Protestants and other 'dissenters' who owed no allegiance to the Church of England and thus to the King) as a show of Anglican authority. Some Huguenots used it for baptisms, marriages and burials but not for everyday worship, preferring their own chapels (their chapels were severely plain compared with the bombastic English Baroque style of Christ Church) though increasingly they assimilated into English life and Anglican worship—which was in the eighteenth century relatively plain.
The Commissioners for the new churches included Christopher Wren, Thomas Archer and John Vanbrugh appointed two surveyors, one of whom was Nicholas Hawksmoor. Only twelve of the planned fifty churches were built, of which six were designed by Hawksmoor.
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beautiful church with historic roots in the community of spittalfields and white chapel . Try to go on a weekday afternoon when the organist is rehearsing. Quite special. more »
We approached from Bishopsgate on a sunny morning. The spire and portico a wonderful gleaming vision. We entered the church and viewed the splendidly restored interior. The ceilings are magnificent. T... more »
An absolutely beautiful example of Hawkesmoor architecture in the heart of vibrant Spitalfields. An engaged church community, a really fantastic venue for formal events in the nave, and informal events in the crypt, where there is also a cafe for every day.
Christ Church Spitalfields is one of the few and most beautiful examples of English-Baroque that exists in London. The architecture was created by Nicholas Hawksmoor who was previously the assistant of Sir Christopher Wren at St. Pauls Cathedral. The Organ installed in the church in 1735 is considered to be the masterpiece of the greatest organ builder in Georgian England, Richard Bridge. Discover more about this amazing Church and its special Organ with Unexpected London.
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