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Learn about the ancient history of All Hallows by the Tower for things to do in London

Published: Sunday 25th of November 2012

Saxon Abbey All Hallows by the Tower was founded way back in 675 AD, but is still a working church to this day, and those interested in history and archaeology should not miss it off their itinerary of things to do in London.

However, evidence has been found that reveals there has been city life on the site for almost 2,000 years, at least.

An arch from the original Saxon church remains in the structure, and beneath this is a Roman pavement, which was discovered in 1926.

Over the years, the church has seen many famous faces born, married and buried at the church.

William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was baptised in the church and educated in the schoolroom, for example.

When the Great Fire of London ravaged the city in 1666, it was Admiral Penn, William's father, who saved the church.

In addition, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the USA, married his beau in All Hallows in 1797.

Kevin Smith

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