Learn about the history and traditions of City Churches

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Saints and poets

In this episode, Sophia Ackland from All Hallows by the Tower reflects on the life of St Ethelburga and the role health and spiritual care played both in the seventh century and today. Celeste, a member of the congregation at St Botolph without Aldgate, talks about the enslaved African-American poet Phillis Wheatley, who was published at Aldgate.

Women at the fringes: the lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper

This month's episode focuses on the women killed by 'the unnamed murderer', the killer more commonly known as Jack the Ripper. Although these murders are linked with Whitechapel, the women did not come from Whitechapel and had full lives before their untimely ends. Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate, talks about Catherine Eddowes, killed in Mitre Square, and Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's Fleet Street, reflects on the life of Polly Nichols who was born in her parish. We also hear from Josephine Knowles from Door of Hope, a project of Beyond the Streets, a charity working with women involved in prostitution on the City fringe.

Plaque and candle commemmorating Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols

Churches, Churchyard and Open Spaces in the City of London

This episode considers not just the architecture of the City Churches, but the spaces around them. Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate hosts the podcast with Laura Li, the Parish Administrator at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, talking about the origin of the curious name of the church, and its history,  Katherine Hedderly, Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower and Nick Motteshed from St Katherine Cree talking about churchyards and open spaces and Katharine Rumens the Vicar of St Giles Cripplegate reflecting on life in the Barbican during lockdown.

City of London Churches and the Blitz

In this episode, which reflects on resilience and the City Churches during the Blitz, we hear from George Bush from St Mary le Bow, Arani Sen of St Olave's Hart Street and Laura Jorgensen talks about her predecessor at St Botolph without Aldgate who moved into the church during the Blitz to save the building from incendiary devices.

Beating the Bounds

On Ascension Day, the Thursday forty days after Easter, many churches 'Beat the Bounds'.

In this ancient ceremony, clergy, young people, dignitaries and local people process around the boundaries of their parishes. In this episode we hear from three clergy in the City of London, Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate, Katherine Hedderly, Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower and Roger Hall, Chaplain to the Tower of London, about the origins and meaning of the ceremony.