The Arts Society, Chiswick lecture: The Splendours of the City Churches

8.00pm, Thursday 20 September

The lectures are held in the Malinova Room at The Polish Centre (POSK), 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF.

Tonight’s lecture is on The Splendours of the City Churches. The City of London churches are astonishing in their variety, yet often overlooked by visitors and workers in the City, who regularly pass them by, unaware of the treasures that lie within. Not only are the churches of great architectural significance, they are also guardians of the City’s history, holding countless stories of medieval kings and queens, famous statesmen, religious leaders, poets, playwrights and novelists, explorers, academics and even modern film stars and other celebrities.

This lecture explores a wide range of these churches, from St Bartholomew the Great, a survivor from Norman times, through to the classical designs of Wren and Hawksmoor. Photographs illustrate the magnificent steeples and domes as well as the craftsmanship of the great woodcarvers, stonemasons and plasterers who created such beautiful interiors.

Tonight’s lecturer Tony Tucker has an MA in Modern History from Oriel College, Oxford, is a Qualified City Guide, a former Chairman of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and Trustee of the Friends of the City Churches. He leads regular guided walks for the City of London Corporation and the Friends of the City Churches. Publications include The Visitor’s Guide to the City of London Churches (2006).

Free to members. £10.00 on the door for non-members.

Individual membership £50 for the year. £90.00 for two people at the same address. Go here to join.