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St Alfege Church is the Anglican parish church in the centre of Greenwich with a rich musical tradition and a thriving church school. There has been a church here for over a thousand years, dedicated to the memory of Alfege, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was martyred on this site in 1012. Henry VIII was baptised here, and many other key historical figures in Greenwich’s royal, maritime and scientific history have close links with the site including Thomas Tallis, General James Wolfe and John Flamsteed. A Grade 1 listed building, St Alfege is a key part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It was the first church built between 1712 and 1718 under the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711, and the first complete church project undertaken by Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of England’s most original and significant architects.
Heart of Greenwich, Place and People
St Alfege Church has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop our Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project which aims to open up the church’s hidden spaces and rich heritage for everyone. Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding has been awarded to help St Alfege Church progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date - we are aiming to submit our application in September. The Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project focuses on the architectural importance of the building and aims to improve access to, and facilities in, the church. It will also explore and reveal the stories of many famous people associated with the church such as Henry VIII, Thomas Tallis and General James Wolfe, as well as many less well-known figures.
Music and St Alfege Choir
St Alfege has a rich musical tradition and is the burial place of Thomas Tallis, the father of English church music and composer and directing music, serving four monarchs from Henry V111 to Elizabeth 1. St Alfege’s maintains a fine reputation for cathedral standard music with currently 30 choir members led by Director of Music Stephen Dagg.
St Alfege Church Reviews
Interestingly it doesn't really look like a church on the outside. The stonework has been recently cleaned. Henry viii was baptised here. Quite close to queens house that I would definately... more »
A nice church but difficult to access due to work on the exterior. Worth persevering to get in. However there are more attractive churches in London. more »
Lovely congregants, easy accessibility, well decorated and proud of heritage. The church is well built, rebuilt after desecration by the army during the war and recently renovated. Good lighting, wood work, stained glass. It is HSE compliant. Main big entrance and two side doors too. There is parking space out side. There is need to for more space though for cars. I guess this is typical of London though.
Great day out. Celebrating the life of the best person who I've ever known. Memorial event
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