The Ruins of Christ Church Greyfriars

Photo by Moniek Bloks


This little gem is in the middle of busy London, near St. Paul’s Cathedral. Christ Church Greyfriars has its roots in the 13th century but the monastery was dissolved in 1538 and what remained of the medieval church was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666. A new church was built on the site, designed by Wren. This church was severely damaged during the Second World War and it was decided not to rebuild the church. It was designated a Grade I listed building.

The Church was built at the expense of Margaret of France, who was the second wife of Edward I. She was buried in the church, as was her stepdaughter-in-law Isabella of France. The heart of Eleanor of Provence was interred here as well. Other royal burials include Joan of the Tower, Queen of Scots (daughter of Edward II and Isabella of France), Isabella of England, Countess of Bedford (daughter of Philippa of Hainault and Edward III), Beatrice of England (daughter of Henry III and Eleanor of Provence) and Margaret, Duchess of Norfolk (a granddaughter of Margaret of France).

The place basically acts as a lunch spot for the surrounding office buildings now but it’s still lovely to visit and you can just imagine the history.





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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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