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Come along on Tuesday 1st July, in the evening to visit St Pancras Old Church.
About the church
St Pancras Old Church is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancras_of_Rome), and is believed by many to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The church is situated on Pancras Road, with the surrounding area and its international railway station taking its name.
It is considered by some to have existed since AD 314. Remnants of medieval features and references in the Domesday Book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book) suggest it pre-dates the Norman Conquest.
Notable people buried in the churchyard include:
- Sir John Soane (architect)
- John William Polidori (author of 'the Vampyre')
- Johann Christian Bach (composer and son of Johann Sebastian Bach)
- William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin)
Other people associated with the churchyard include:
- the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the future Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), who planned their 1814 elopement over meetings at the grave of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft
- On 28 July 1968, The Beatles were photographed in the churchyard grounds, in a famous series of pictures designed to promote the single "Hey Jude" and the The White Album.
The church stays open late in the summer months, so when we arrive, we will be having a brief talk on its history before looking around the church and the graveyard outside.
Entry is free.
Afterwards we will head to a local pub for a chat over a drink.
Lookout for the group sign outside the station:
Hope to see you there!
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