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Bermondsey’s ancient church opens for visitors

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St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey's parish church, is opening every morning during Southwark Open Churches Week as part of the Diocese of Southwark's centenary celebrations.


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The church is a familiar landmark at the south end of Bermondsey Street and provides a pleasant view for diners at the popular Bermondsey Kitchen opposite.

The first church was on the site by 1296 when it was part of Bermondsey Abbey which stood on land now covered by nearby Bermondsey Square.

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The present castellated building is just over four hundred years old and has an unusual churchwardens' pew. Its circular seat is decorated with the Abbey's seal depicting a lion holding a crozier.

However, the Bermondsey Dish, a silver plate dating from 1350, is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

St Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey Street is open Mon-Fri 9.30am-12.30pm and Sat 10am-4pm until Saturday 24 September; admission free. On Sunday 25 September there is an open air service in the churchyard at 10.30am

Christ Church in Blackfriars Road is open on Wednesday 21 September 8.30am-6pm; admission free.

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