Church,History & Bells
 

St Clement Danes has a fascinating and colourful history

Saint Clement

The name Clement commemorates the Christian martyr of the first century. Clement served as Bishop of Rome in AD 91, but was banished to work in the Crimean quarries by Emperor Trajan, along with many others who refused to worship the heathen gods. The prisoners suffered greatly, particularly from thirst, but in answer to Clement's prayers a fountain of water appeared. Emperor Trajan was so angered by this miracle he ordered Clement to be thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck. Clement was drowned, but the sea then withdrew three miles revealing a ruined temple, in which Clement's body was found, still with the anchor around his neck. Legend has it, that on the anniversary of his death the sea receded again, leaving a dry path for pilgrims to visit the temple.

This is why on approaching St Clement Danes Church you will find an anchor crest by the entrance.

Danes

Late in the 9th century, Alfred The Great ‘granted Danish settlers who were married to English women an area between London and Westminster to establish their community. As they moved into the area they built a church, St Clement Danes, which became the burial place in 1040 of the King of England Harold Harefoot.

Let’s now see how this ancient church became the iconic Sir Christopher Wren designed building we know today; click on ‘LEARN MORE’ for a timeline and more.

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Things you never knew about St Clement Danes...

St Clement Danes church is full of wonderful items, art and relics. Here some of the things that you never knew about the church.

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The Altar, behind which is the Reredos, depicting the Annunciation, designed by the artist Ruskin Spear. The stained glass windows are by Carl Edwards.

The Altar, behind which is the Reredos, depicting the Annunciation, designed by the artist Ruskin Spear. The stained glass windows are by Carl Edwards.

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The Bells

The Church has a ring of 10 bells plus a hung dead flat 4th.Hanging with these is the Sanctus Bell dating back to 1588.

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Virtual Tour

The interior of the Church is a sight to behold. Take a virtual look inside and explore some of the highlights.

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