St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate ~ London’s largest church, home of the ‘Bells of Old Bailey’ & a connection to Pocahontas.

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“… 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.  

St Sepulchre sign

History:  The church is built on the site of an early Saxon church.  Originally named St. Edmund, the…

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