“… never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” John Donne, Meditation XVII, 1624.
While a bell is often used at a funeral, this quote (later used by Hemingway as a title of a novel) relates particularly well to St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate for a variety of reasons, including its relationship to Newgate Prison, its inclusion in the rhyme Oranges and Lemons, and lastly in its traditonal role as a church.
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate is the largest parish church in the City of London with an important history dating back to 1137. This history includes a connection with John Smith (whom Pocahontas is claimed to have saved from execution in the Colonies). Nowadays, St. Sepulchre’s is best known as the National Musician’s Church with a vibrant musical tradition.
History: The church is built on the site of an early Saxon church. Originally named St. Edmund, the…
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