St. George’s, Hanover Square

A church of great dignity and parish church to Vogue House, St. George’s, Hanover Square is both architecturally strong and oddly unobtrusive, except in eighteenth-century views of the street.   It’s one of the churches built under the New Churches in London and Westminster Act of 1710, begun in 1721, opened in 1724, and intended as much to enhance the authority of the monarch as of God (the portico was originally planned to accommodate a statue of George I).   It was the church where Handel worshipped and he is said to have advised on its organ.

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