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St Alfege Church, London

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St Alfege Church is an Anglican church in the centre of Greenwich, part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London. It is of medieval origin and was rebuilt in 1712–1714 to the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor.
The church is dedicated to Alfege (also spelt "Alphege"), Archbishop of Canterbury, and reputedly marks the place where he was martyred on 19 April 1012, having been taken prisoner during the sack of Canterbury by Danish raiders the previous year. The Danes took him to their camp at Greenwich and killed him when the large ransom they demanded was not forthcoming.
The church was rebuilt in around 1290. It was in this building that Henry VIII was baptised in 1491.
The patronage of the church was given to the abbey at Ghent during the 13th century. Following the suppression of alien priories under Henry V, it was granted to the priory at Sheen with which it remained until transferred to the Crown by exchange under Henry VIII in 1530.
During a storm in 1710 the medieval church collapsed, its foundations having been weakened by burials both inside and outside.
Following the collapse of the medieval church, the present building was constructed, funded by a grant from the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches, to the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of the commission's two surveyors. The first church to be built by the commissioners, it was begun in 1712 and basic construction was completed in 1714; it was not, however, consecrated until 1718.
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  • This historic church is covered in scaffolding at the present. You can enter via a passageway to the right on the church as the entrance is at the back of the church. Disappointed that the crypt was n...  more »
  • I liked this church. It is the Anglican parish church in the centre of Greenwich & really stands out. It is built on the site where St Alfege was killed by the Danes in 1012 AD, & is at the heart of l...  more »
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  • A church full of history and great London design. Thomas Tallis is buried here so it's worth a visit if you're a musical historian.
  • As ever, review from a non religious point of view. A fine parish church with some remarkable history. Plaques of those buried or remembered here include Thomas Tallis, General Wolfe and Major Dinwiddy, killed in 1917, who designed an armaments range-finder.
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