St. Mary Woolnoth

I tried to visit St. Mary Woolnoth between Christmas and the New Year.   But it was closed.   So, I slipped in instead at lunchtime  today.   It’s the Hawksmoor church I know least well, just behind the Mansion House, above Bank Station (one of the ticket halls is immediately underneath) and the survivor of several nineteenth-century attempts to demolish it.   It’s quite intense, grandiose on a very confined site, cuboid, with huge Corinthian columns which press in on the space for the congregation and a fine pulpit, with an elaborate sounding board which feels redundant:-

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