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All Hallows by the Tower Undercroft

All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in the City of London and was founded 300 years before the Tower of London by nearly three hundred years, having been founded by the Abbey of Barking in 675AD.

An arch from the Saxon church can still be seen today. In the crypt beneath is a Roman pavement, discovered in 1926, evidence of city life on this site for nearly two thousand years. Located next to the Tower of London, the church has cared for numerous beheaded bodies brought for temporary burial following their executions on Tower Hill, including those of Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher and Archbishop Laud. In 1666 the Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane, a few hundred yards from the church.

All Hallows survived through the efforts of Admiral Penn (William Penn's father) who, along with his friend Samuel Pepys, watched London burn from the tower of the church. William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, was baptised in the church and educated in the old schoolroom. John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the USA, was married in All Hallows in 1797 and the Marriage Register entry is on display in the Undercroft Museum. The church suffered extensive bomb damage during World War II and only the tower and the walls remained. The church was rebuilt after the war and was rededicated in 1957. The vicar at the time was the Rev'd "Tubby" Clayton, founder of the Toc H movement whose lamp of maintenance still shines in the Lady Chapel.

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London Area: Central


  • All Hallows by the Tower
  • Byward St
  • London
  • EC3R 5BJ


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • DLR

    • Tower Gateway


    • Tower Hill

    Bus Numbers

  • 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1,

FREE Admission

Open Hours
Monday 8:00am 18:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am 18:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am 18:00pm
Thursday 8:00am 18:00pm
Friday 8:00am 18:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 17:00pm
Sunday 10:00am 17:00pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am 17:00pm

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