St Martin in the Fields

In 1542 Henry VIII rebuilt the church already on this site to keep plague victims from being carried through his palace grounds because at the time it was an isolated spot in the fields.

About this church

It was replaced in 1726 by this lovely temple, designed by James Gibbs, which boasts an imposing Classical pediment supported by huge Corinthian columns, and a tall steeple topped with a gilt crown, a design that looks, according to one critic, 'as though Wren had been to Italy'.

Gibbs was certainly inspired by Christopher Wren, as the interior, with its ceiling of painted and gilded plaster panels, shows.

Ingenious renovations in 2007'09 have introduced more light, renewed the pews and stone flooring, and exposed the crypt's brickwork.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café in church
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

St Paul

The great Inigo Jones designed this Italianate masterpiece, completed in 1663.

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Notre Dame de France

Corfiato’s church is important as an advanced design showing the influence of the Liturgical Movement, and as a showcase of Art Sacré, notably the murals in the Lady Chapel by Jean Cocteau.

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