All Hallows by the Tower

All Hallows by the Tower
Byward Street
London
City of London
EC3R 5BJ
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.ahbtt.org.uk

E-mail

General Information

parish@ahbtt.org.uk

Museum Enquiries

helen@ahbtt.org.uk

Telephone

020 7481 2928

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All Hallows by the Tower
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All Hallows By The Tower church was founded in 675 AD and, throughout London's history, has played a key part in almost every important event. A Roman pavement, Saxon stonework, Mediaeval paintings and statues, and the glorious Grinling Gibbons font cover are all on show. This is the church where the Knights Templar had their London trials, Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of London from the tower, where William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania) was baptised and where President John Quincy Adams married a local girl. It is the founding place of Toc H and 'Tubby' Clayton was Vicar here for 40 years. The church has a characterful Crypt Museum and an excellent cafe - The Kitchen.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 9.00-17.00 and Sun 11.00-17.00
Open all year - check website for opening times during Christmas and New Year periods

Admission charges

Free

Includes Roman and Saxon artefacts from Tower Hill and the surrounding area. Collections of historical objects and records from All Hallows by the Tower and St Dunstans in the East. The Crypt Musuem located in the Undercroft of All Hallows by the Tower also has a range of fascinating obects, including Shackleton's crows nest, model ships and a Knights Templar altar.

Collection details

Religion, Maritime, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Grinling Gibbons font cover
  • Tate Panel
  • Last Supper painting
  • Roman and Saxon artefacts
  • Shackletons crows nest
  • Knights Templar altar
  • Model ships
  • Toc H and Tubby Clayton artefacts
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Art of All Hallows Workshop

http://www.allhallowsbythetower.org.uk/EDUCATION%20LEAFLET.pdf

Children will discover how artists and craftspeople have enhanced the All Hallows building, how it is cared for, and how it functions as a place of worship. They will make observational drawings, investigating the visual and tactile qualities of the building. Clergy will explain the meanings of the signs and symbols in the church, looking at the tower, chapels, pulpit, font, pews, aisles and altar and decorative characteristics such as carvings, statuary, decorative brickwork, arches and stained glass.
Practical work includes a choice of: stained glass window decorating, textile design, block printing or making relief panels from air-drying clay.

How to obtain

Please contact Helen Elletson, the Education Officer to reserve your preferred date(s) on 020 7481 2928 or helen@ahbtt.org.uk for further information and to make a booking. You are welcome to make a preliminary visit to All Hallows before bringing your pupils. We will be pleased to discuss your class‘s individual needs. Recommended donation of £1 per child, accompanying adults are free of charge.

The History of All Hallows Workshop

http://www.allhallowsbythetower.org.uk/EDUCATION%20LEAFLET.pdf

Children will discover All Hallows and its key features as a local history case study, analyzing the church through Roman, Saxon, Medieval, Victorian and present day periods.
They will study resources such as copies of archival records, quotations from parish books, the census, maps, and pictures of All Hallows pre- and post- bombing.
They will examine the church’s responsibilities to its community, such as giving money to the poor, the importance of the collection and its use as a place of worship.
This workshop includes a practical activity based on the medieval brasses or mosaics.

How to obtain

Please contact Helen Elletson, the Education Officer to reserve your preferred date(s) on 020 7481 2928 or helen@ahbtt.org.uk for further information and to make a booking. You are welcome to make a preliminary visit to All Hallows before bringing your pupils. We will be pleased to discuss your class‘s individual needs. Recommended donation of £1 per child, accompanying adults are free of charge.

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