St. George's, Bloomsbury

St. George's
King George on the spire

St George's was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. It came about after the Commissioners for the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711 realised that due to rapid development in the Bloomsbury area during the latter part of the 17th and early part of the 18th centuries the district needed its own parish church. Up to that point the area formed part of the parish of St Giles in the Fields located to the southeast. The church was built in 1716-1731 and was the sixth and last of Hawksmoor's London churches. The stepped tower is influenced by Pliny the Elder's description of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and topped with a statue of King George I in Roman dress. Its statues of fighting lions and unicorns symbolise the recent end of the First Jacobite Rising. The Portico is based on that of the Temple of Bacchus in Baalbek, Lebanon. Located in the crypt is the Museum of Comedy, focusing on the history of British comedy. Wikipedia/CTGuides