St. Martin-in-the-Fields

I was able to bide my time before an evening event at the National Gallery not by watching Formula One racing on a big screen, but by admiring the stonework on the façade of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, a church which in theory I know very well having worked in its shadow for thirteen years, but which suffers from over-familiarity, from not being robustly baroque or purely Palladian, and from multiple reproduction in our former colonies.   The church was designed by Iacobi Gibbs ArchiTectus, cost £33,661 16s 7d. and was completed in December 1724, although the inscription carved on the tympanum gives the date as MDCCXXVI:-


One thought on “St. Martin-in-the-Fields

  1. It may be imperfect Palladian but it is surely one of the outstanding churches in London, which, because of Wren and Hawksmoor, is a city not short of beautiful churches. The interior is pretty marvellous too.

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