A History of the Church of Saint James Clerkenwell by Nicholas Riddell This is the story of Saint James Clerkenwell from its beginning in the 12th century as the church of the nunnery of St. Mary. It tells how it survived the resolution of the monasteries and was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century in its present Georgian form. It is also the history of the parish and how Clerkenwell changed from a country parish into a fashionable suburb and then into an industrialised, densely populated inner-city area. You’ll be......
When I arrived at St James Clerkenwell in 1997 there was a sign on the steps saying ‘Do not sit or eat here by order of the churchwardens.’ One of the first things I did in my first week was to put a brightly coloured poster over the sign with the one word on it, ‘welcome’. Churches can inadvertently send out a very closed message to people that is completely opposite to the news of grace that we long to share. It reminds me of the Pharisees who complained to Jesus that......