OUR CITY TOGETHER

OUR CITY TOGETHER PODCASTS

As part of the City of London's Our City Together digital cultural season, the City churches have produced a number of podcasts about the history and traditions of City Churches.

Churches, Churchyard and Open Spaces in the City of London
This episode considers not just the architecture of the City Churches, but the spaces around them. Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate hosts the podcast with Laura Li, the Parish Administrator at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, talking about the origin of the curious name of the church and its history. Katherine Hedderly, Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower and Nick Motteshed from St Katherine Cree talk about churchyards and open spaces and Katharine Rumens the Vicar of St Giles Cripplegate reflecting on life in the Barbican during lockdown.

City of London Churches and the Blitz
In this episode, which reflects on resilience and the City Churches during the Blitz, we hear from George Bush from St Mary le Bow, Arani Sen of St Olave's Hart Street and Laura Jorgensen talks about her predecessor at St Botolph without Aldgate who moved into the church during the Blitz to save the building from incendiary devices.

Beating of the Bounds
On Ascension Day, the Thursday forty days after Easter, many churches 'Beat the Bounds'. In this ancient ceremony, clergy, young people, dignitaries and local people process around the boundaries of their parishes. In this episode we hear from three clergy in the City of London - Laura Jorgensen, Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate, Katherine Hedderly, Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower, and Roger Hall, Chaplain to the Tower of London - discussing the origins and meaning of the ceremony.

You can listen to the podcasts HERE.