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St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark. Its fine architecture and prominent location place it at the heart of the nation. Its work has valued historic tradition, but St Martin's has always been innovative in response to changing needs. From London's first free lending library to the first religious broadcast, St Martin's has broken new ground in defining what it means to be a church.

There is no official reference to a church on the site of St Martin's until Norman times, when in 1222 a dispute was recorded between William, Abbot of Westminster, and Eustace, Bishop of London on the Bishop's authority over the church. The Archbishop of Canterbury decided in favour of the abbot and St Martin's, then surrounded by fields, appears to have been used by the monks of Westminster. Whilst it has been suggested that there was a place of worship on the site prior to this date, there is little evidence to verify that this is true.

In around 1542, Henry VIII, as ruthless with the monks as with his wives, built a new church and extended the parish boundaries to keep plague victims from being carried through his palace. This was enlarged in 1607 at the cost of Prince Henry, the son of King James I. This church was pulled down in 1721 to be replaced by the current building.

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Name: St Martin In The Fields Church

Phone: 020 7766 1100

Venue short url: https://www.skiddle.com/venues/15224/

Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Fri 8:30am-1pm 2pm-6pm Wed 8:30am-1pm 2pm-5pm Thurs 8:30am-1pm 2pm-6pm Sat 9:30am-6pm Sun 3:30pm-5pm

Nearest Train Station: Charing Cross Station

Address: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JH

Website: http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/

Type of venue: Live

Parking: Blue Badge Holders – St Martin’s Street, Charing Cross Road, William IV Street. NCP Car Park, St Martin's Lane Hotel

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