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Serendipity alive and well in London

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Wandering around a few busy streets in London having studied  map directions for a networking event I was attending, I became aware of  the very tall buildings staring down on me, on either side of the streets.  I had arranged a 1-2-1 with John Paul, an Architect from London, a fellow net worker. We had arranged to meet in the British Museum, not too far from our main meeting place. It turned out to be the most insightful, architectural invite I could possibly wished for. There is so much to learn about London’s famous buildings.

After the networking event had finished,  John kindly showed some amazing buildings and architecture along Portland and Harley Street. Soaking up this vast wealth of architectural history, guided by a London architect was a privilege. Starting with the British Museum, leading to the buildings around Portland Street, All Saints Church, Margaret Street with its stunning stain glass windows and carvings in the company of John Paul.

 

Church

“The exception is the magnificent west window, the glass of which dates from 1877. Designed by Alexander Gibbs, it is based on the Tree of Jesse window in Wells Cathedral, and replaced the initial glass, designed by Alfred Gerente and installed between 1853-58 (and which was generally thought to be a failure).  It was designed in 1850 by William Butterfield, an architect strongly associated with Gothic revival church building and the Oxford Movement. Completed in 1859, the red brick church was built around a small courtyard with an adjoining vicarage and a choir school.

Butterfield’s masterpiece

 

Butterfield

 

 

The interior is noted for its rich decoration and beautiful fittings – a true “hidden gem” in the streets of central London.  Sir John Betjeman, the poet, writer and enthusiastic advocate of heritage and architecture said of All Saints: It was here, in the 1850’s, that the revolution in architecture began…It led the way, All Saints Margaret Street, in church building.” All Saints Margaret Street is a Victorian church in Fitzrovia, near Oxford Street, London. It is regarded as one of the foremost examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Britain”.

Having listened to John’s guided tour, I decided to call a dear family friend of mine, now working as a IVF Specialist in London, to join us for a cuppa. Again John led me to the Royal Institute of British Architects buildings ‘coffee shop’, so that all three of us could sit and chat.  A fascinating diverse meet-up with two incredibly gifted men.

 

Carolyn Williams

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