The Churches of Soho Square

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The churches in Soho Square all carried memories for me when I visited the Square.

The French Protestant Church was founded in 1550 in London and was a refuge for those fleeing persecution in France in 1572, and particularly after in 1685 – my mother wrote about people caught up in the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

The French Protestant church in Soho SQuare
The French Protestant church in Soho SQuare

St Patrick’s Church was quiet, and peaceful. There is a pieta just inside the church, not particularly remarkable, but suddenly I thought of my mother. I miss her. I lit a candle, and remembered my father too, and my sister, all so far away.

St Patrick's Church, Soho Square
St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square
The interior of St Patrick's Church
The interior of St Patrick’s Church

And just round the corner, in Manette Street, the Chapel of the House of St Barnabas, where a girl who died too young was celebrated one evening.

St Barnabas, Soho Square
The Chapel of St Barnabas, Soho Square

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2 Responses

  1. londonaspie

    Great post. These churches are easily missed. Worth a closer look.

    • Candy Blackham

      Thank you, I am pleased you enjoyed the post. These sights are easily missed, particularly if you are going from A to B, and Soho Square is just the gap in the middle! We all hurry past, thoughts elsewhere, eyes fixed straight ahead

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