Step into the City's oldest church, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower

London, Greater London

Though bombed in the Second World War, All-Hallows-by-the-Tower remains a beautiful Grade I listed building bursting with City history.

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All-Hallows-by-the-Tower is the oldest in the City, founded by the Abbey of Barking in 675AD and it was from here that Samuel Pepys watched the Great Fire of 1666.

It was also the place where William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was baptised in October 1644, and was where John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United Stated, married in 1797.

Today the Church is open for worship and visitors. Visitors can enjoy a guided and/or audio tour and also the chance to explore the Crypt Museum in the original Saxon church where there is a collection of Roman and Saxon artefacts, church plate and ancient registers dating back to the 16th century.

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