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St James Garlickhythe, London

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St. James Garlickhythe is a Church of England parish church in Vintry ward of the City of London, nicknamed ‘Wren’s lantern’ owing to its profusion of windows. Recorded since the 12th century, the church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren. It is also the official church of eleven City livery companies.HistoryThe church is dedicated to the disciple St James known as 'the Great'. St. James Garlickhythe is a stop on a pilgrims route ending at the cathedral of Santiago da Compostela. Visitors to the London church may have their credencial, or pilgrim passport, stamped with the impression of a scallop shell.'Garlickhythe' refers to the nearby landing place, or "hythe", near which garlic was sold in medieval times.The earliest surviving reference to the church is as ecclesiam Sancti Jacobi in a 12th-century will. Other records of the church refer to it as St James in the Vintry, St James Comyns, St James-by-the-Thames and St James super Ripam.The ships from France loaded with garlic also carried wine and St James has a long association with wine merchants. The church is located in the city ward of Vintry and in 1326, the Sheriff of London and vintner Richard de Rothing paid to have the church rebuilt. Another company with long associations with the church is the Joiners' Company, who trace their origins back to a religious guild founded in St James in 1375.
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  • Although a church has probably stood on this site since late Saxon times the present structure is substantially that of a church Wren designed to replace the one destroyed in the 1666 Fire of London. ...  more »
  • I am able to visit London 3 or 4 times a year, and always try to attend a service at this beautiful Wren church. One of the few City churches with a Sunday service, it is always welcoming and comforta...  more »
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  • Always a pleasure to attend here.
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