Barely three weeks since my adventure up the steeple of St Bride’s, I found myself back there this morning to hear about the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust. We had a very nice talk from NCT vice-president, journalist and broadcaster Huw Edwards (taller in the flesh) followed by a short film on the Trust’s work.
The Trust raises money to help much-needed repairs to the fabric of the nation’s church buildings. Lovely St Bride’s is a great example of the 12,000 buildings to have benefitted from this support. As part of the anniversary, they canvassed about 50 worthies and about 10 politicians (=60) to nominate their favourite churches. Here are the London ones.
Alex Polizzi: Farm Street Catholic Church, W1
Bear Grylls: Holy Trinity Church, Brompton Road, SW7
Bettany Hughes: St Matthew’s Church, Ealing
Campbell Robb: St Martin-in-the-Fields, WC2
Giles Coren: St Bride’s, Fleet Street
Boris Johnson: St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, EC3R
Andrew Lloyd Webber: All Saints Church, Margaret Street, W1
Joanna Lumley: St Bride’s Fleet Street
Admiral West: St Anne’s Church, Limehouse, E14
Rev Lucy Winkett: St Mary’s Church, Manor Park, Newham, E12
Like the Mayor, I’m a bit of a St Magnus fan myself. But I’m that shallow, my favourite is often the most recent one I’ve visited, that’s to say (barring St Bride’s), St Giles Cripplegate.
To see the full list, go here:
Note the Prime Minister is better than everybody else, so he has chosen two, both in his constituency.
The National Churches Trust would love you to join in and vote for your favourite. Do so via Facebook or Twitter (@NatChurchTrust)