Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square, London

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St Margaret's Church is an Anglican parish church in the village of Halstead and the Sevenoaks deanery, although the church also serves the village of Badgers Mount. St Katharine's and St Margaret's came together in 1983 as a United Benefice under one parish priest. The pattern of services reflects the fact that it is two parishes working closely together.
St Margaret's is built across the road from the site of the original demolished medieval church, the only remaining sections of which include the monuments held inside the current church; these monuments date back to the mid-15th century. The chancel was built in 1855 by R. C. Hussey, and is described by architectural historian John Newman as having "flintwork is laboriously galleted with flint flakes", and was originally built as a burial chapel. The nave and the lean-to south aisle are combined under a single roof built by W. M. Teulon between 1880 and 1881. The south-west porch is timber-framed, and is "picturesquely" grouped with the south-east gabled window and a large west bell-gable. The north aisle and vestry were built by St Aubyn and Wadling in 1897, and the outer north aisle was completed in 1992. The interior is unified, boasting "three-bay arcades with circular piers, bold capitals and deeply moulded red brick arches."
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  • Often mistaken as part of the Abbey, this lovely little church is a separate religious site dating from the 12th century but extensively rebuilt on the instructions of Henry VII between 1486 and 1523....  more »
  • Saint Margaret's Church on Parliament Square is a unique masterpiece of Gothic architecture. If you're interested in architecture you'll be more than happy. The church has a fascinating history.  more »
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  • St Philip and St James is the English village church at its most reassuring, rubble-built in the 14th century and restored in 1847 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who altered much of the church's architecture, including the addition of dressed stone to the upper sections of the south and east walls and the majority of the north. Notably, the royal arms above the south door date to 1660, the year of the Restoration. The churchyard is well kept and the bells were completely refurbished in 2011. The more recent development of the north west corner in wood, steel and glass may lack some of the charm of the rest of the church's fabric, but is finished to a high standard — receiving a national award from Country Life magazine in 2008.
  • A beautiful church right next to Westminster Abby. Most people miss this one for the main attraction but it is well worth the visit particularly to some quiet away from the crowds visiting the Abby.
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