St. Martin in the Fields

There has been a church on this site since the 13th century; the present church was designed by James Gibbs and completed in 1726.  In architectural terms it is one of the most influential, having been much copied in the United States where it is a model of the Colonial style of church-building.  The crypt has many famous persons buried there, including painters William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds.  The crypt was used as an air raid shelter during World War II and today houses a c
afé and a religious bookstore as well as the London Brass Rubbing Center.  Regular lunchtime and evening concerts are held in the church


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