Friday, 19 September 2008

St Martin-in-the-Fields

The church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square is being restored. It was designed by James Gibb in 1726 and the restoration aimed to return the church to its original state. Floors added in Victorian times have been removed and the coloured glass windows put in after bomb damage in World War II have been replaced with clear glass, similar to the original. The aim has been to maximise the amount of natural light coming into the church and to bring it closer to the original Baroque design. The decorative plaster work on the ceiling has also been restored and the golf leaf has been renewed. The new East Window is beautifully simple and is shown in the photo here.

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