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St Mary-le-Bow

Route

Go down London Wall using the escalator or lift. Pass the One London Wall building on your right. Go right down Noble Street, where you can view some of the old city wall and the site of a Roman fort. Cross Gresham Street carefully (no lights).

Go down Foster Lane, past the Goldsmiths’ Hall on the left. The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. The word ‘hallmark’ comes from traders having to bring their gold and silver products to the hall for marking.

Turn left into Cheapside. St Mary-le-Bow is over the road on the right, look for the dragon on the spire. Cross at traffic lights further up and walk back.

Background information

This church, built by Sir Christopher Wren, is connected with the story of Dick Whittington. When he heard the bells, he was said to have turned back to London, to stay to be Lord Mayor. Being born within the sound of the Bow Bells is a sign of being a Cockney. During the Blitz bombing, the bells crashed to the ground.

The rebuilt church includes beautiful stained glass windows by John Hayward, including Mary holding the church safe. A silver wrapped Jesus is shown above the altar, some say it shows him as a medieval knight.

Reflections

  • What do we want to protect in our lives?
  • What different experiences of light are there within St Mary-le-Bow?
  • What colours are powerful in this church?

Activities

  • List the senses and think about how these were experienced on the trail…what sounds have you heard…what have you touched?
  • Gather together pictures of stained glass windows you have seen on the trail and say which you found most special.
  • Cut out a black card template of Jesus on the cross, and wrap him around with something that symbolises what he means to people, for example, his love for the world or his concern for the disadvantaged.

Cheapside
London
EC2V 6AU

www.stmarylebow.co.uk

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