.’. Christ Church Greyfriars .’.

The first church on this site was built for Franciscan Friars (Grey Friars) in the 13th Century.After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the church was renamed Christ Church.Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, the Church was …

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The first church on this site was built for Franciscan Friars (Grey Friars) in the 13th Century.
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the church was renamed Christ Church.
Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, the Church was rebuilt by Christopher Wren. Unfortunately, it was then left in ruins by bombing in World War II. Today, only the steeple remains. There is a rose garden among the ruins.
All seems tranquil and peaceful – but beware, as many restless ghosts are said to frequent this churchyard.
The most infamous ghosts to have been seen haunting this area, are said to be those of two beautiful murderesses, who are buried here at Greyfriars.
The first of these was Queen Isabella (know as the “She Wolf of France”), who had her husband, King Edward II, murdered: ” A kind of horn or funnel…’was’…thrust into his fundament, through which a red hot spit was run up his bowels”.
Isabella’s son, King Edward III, imprisoned her and kept her in solitary confinement until her death in 1384.
She is buried with the heart of her husband (according to her own instructions) placed on her breast. Her ghost has been seen in the churchyard, holding the beating heart.
The other ghost is said to be of Lady Alice Hungerford, who was executed in 1523, for murdering her husband. Reports, from Victorian times, tell how the two ghosts came face to face in the graveyard. Apparently jealous of each other, the ghosts then had a fierce fisht, which terrified witnesses.
Another ghost to haunt Greyfriars, is said to be that Elizabeth Barton. The ‘Nun (or Holy Maid) of Kent’, as she was know, was a domestic servant who, as a teenager, began to fall in trances during which she would have prophetic visions.
Althought she become famous for her holiness, she was executed in 1534, after she protested against King Henry VIII’s proposed divorce of his wife, so that he could marry Anne Boleyn.

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Author: Dani Middleton

I was born in Brazil in 1981 and lived there for 23 years before emigrating to the UK in 2005. I had read about England’s history since a young age however I moved here purely due to the history of London itself. Everything in this city fascinates me; from its parks, pubs and buildings to street names, post boxes and bollards. Watching children “beating the bounds” or the rose ceremony, you can never be tired of London. I love the quirkiness of the little alleys, the secrets of the forgotten architecture and how wonderful it can be to simply turn a corner and suddenly find a whole new world. I have worked in some remarkable places in London: museums, palaces, galleries, archives, even digging for the MoL on the Thames foreshore but I now work for Tower Bridge where, daily, I can see the City from a different point of view. Working for the City, learning its history and stories makes me eager to learn more. London is a flowing, living organism, with the old and new together transforming it every day, but always with its history at your fingertips. One step, an intricate Victorian coal hole; another step, an old Police box; yet another, an office block built seamlessly onto an old roman ruin. I am just a girl, lost in London trying not to find the way out but a way deeper, further inside what makes this city so… special, so… unique, so… me. I am a Londoner.

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