St Olave Hart Street, City of London: entrance to the churchyard on Seething Lane

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RIBApix ref no RIBA51951
Artist/PhotographerDell & Wainwright
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Image Date1940
ViewExterior
MediumNegative
Library ReferenceDWN8795
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: This church, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, dates from c.1450 with the tower being added in 1732. The distinctive churchyard gateway decorated with skulls carved in stone dates from 1658. It was one of the few churches to escape the Great Fire of London in 1666, yet ironically it was gutted during the Blitz by enemy action in 1941. It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1950 and was fully restored in 1954.

Subject tags

belfries, bell towers, churches, entrances, gateways