IT CONTAINS the oldest surviving Saxon
arch in the City of London, there is a Roman
tessellated floor in the crypt, and it has been a beacon on Tower
Hill since 675 AD. It narrowly escaped the flames of the Great Fire
of London, but the nave was destroyed in the Blitz, leaving only
the tower standing.
All Hallows by the Tower, even though
now largely rebuilt, is still full of history and historic remains.
It has spectacularly colourful customs, such as beating the bounds
on Ascension Day, and in June, when a single rose is carried in
procession to the Guildhall for the Knollys Rose ceremony. It is
also a lively and inclusive church, with a thriving
The interior lighting has been
completely redesigned by Light Perceptions, thanks to the Biffa
Award grant of money from the Landfill Tax. "Our aim," the Vicar,
the Revd Bertrand Olivier, says, "was to install a system that
would appreciably improve the lighting throughout the building,
while preserving the integrity of its architecture, and
significantly reducing our carbon footprint through the use of
up-to-date lighting technology."
The 15th-century Tate panel in the
Lady Chapel is now beautifully illuminated, together with Tubby
Clayton's Toc H lamp, but a small picture on this page would not do
it justice; so we show a general picture of the newly lit altar and