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St George's, Bloomsbury, London

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St George's, Bloomsbury, is a parish church in Bloomsbury, London Borough of Camden, United Kingdom.
The Commissioners for the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711 realised that, due to rapid development in the Bloomsbury area during the latter part of the 17th and early part of the 18th centuries, the area (then part of the parish of St Giles in the Fields) needed to be split off and given a parish church of its own. They appointed Nicholas Hawksmoor, a pupil and former assistant of Sir Christopher Wren, to design and build this church, which he then did between 1716 and 1731. This was the sixth and last, of his London churches. St George's was consecrated on 28 January 1730 by Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London.
The Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope was baptised here in 1824. Richard Meux Benson, founder of the first Anglican religious order for men, Society of St John the Evangelist, the "Cowley Fathers", was also baptised in the church. The funeral of Emily Davison, the suffragette who died when she was hit by the King's horse during the 1913 Derby, took place here that same year. Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia attended a controversial requiem for the dead of the Abyssinian war in 1937.
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  • Came here multiple times to find the church firmly locked even though the lights were on inside. Nice on outside.  more »
  • We were on an organised walk visiting Hawksmoore churches. We had pre-arranged access to the interior. The restoration of the inside makes a usable space for worship and preserve the design of the...  more »
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  • Was down this way for business and just had to come and check out the great architecture on this historic building. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Extraordinary and architecturally significant Hawksmoor designed church! Enjoy the alleyway and lovely plants, plus the pyramid spire and Lion and Dragon statues

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