It brings me great pleasure to take my readers upon a walking tour of 18th century London (made possible by Google Street View), dwelling especially on those of the city's churches erected directly in consequence of the Act of 1711, also known as the Commission for Fifty Churches, passed by the Tories in Parliament, and approved by Queen Anne, with the intent of signifying the triumph of the High Church. To finance this noble goal---of erecting fifty churches---it was deemed appropriate to impose a tax upon coal.
The unconventional viewing angle of these photos, rather than that of a professional photographer, merely reflects the pedestrian's actual street-level perspective.
|St George, Bloomsbury|
|St George in the East|
|Christ Church Spitalfields|
|St Alphege, Greenwich|
|St Anne's Limehouse|
|St George's, Hanover Square|
St Mary-le-Strand, built in 1717, designed by the papist Mr. James Gibbs in the Roman Baroque style.
|St Luke's, in Old Street|
|1760 illustration of St Luke's|
St Luke’s in Old Street, jointly designed by Mr. Hawksmoor and Mr. James, and completed in 1733. Note the obelisk spire, a feature of high rarity in Anglican Churches.
|St Paul's, Deptford|
St Paul’s, in Deptford, designed by Mr. Thomas Archer in Roman Baroque style, and completed in 1730.
|St John's, in Smith Square|
|St John's, in Smith Square, 18th century illustration|
St John’s, in Smith Street, designed by Mr. Archer, and completed in 1728, in finest example of British Baroque style. Note the distinct four towers, as if resembling an upside-down footstool--- this in honor of Queen Anne’s caprice of kicking over the footstool and gesturing towards the upside object, in a whimsical attempt to illustrate to Mr. Archer what Her Majesty wanted her church to look like.