Discover over 1300 years of history under one roof...All Hallows by the Tower is the oldest church in the City of London and a living church serving today's City community. Founded in 675 AD the Church has played an intricate part in London life and world history. US President, John Quincy Adams, was married in All Hallows. The site boasts a Brass Rubbing Centre, one of only two such centers in London.
The Crypt Museum leads you on a fascinating journey through time, beginning with the Roman tesselated floor of a domestic house in the late 2nd Century and charting the history of the church, its people and the City of London.
BRASS RUBBING (Cost)
Brass rubbing is an enjoyable way of discovering a little more about medieval church history with the added bonus of making your own artwork to take home. Usually available from 2.00 - 4.00pm from Monday - Friday and costs £5 per brass. For more information, contact the church office on 020 7481 2928.
Are available by arrangement throughout the year. These tours last approx one hour and must be pre-booked, and there is a charge of £5 per person. Please contact the church office (020 7481 2928 or email@example.com) for more details.
THE KNOLLY'S ROSE CEREMONY
The Knollys Rose Ceremony is a revival of a custom in which a rose was given as payment for a fine. Back in 1381 a footbridge was erected without permission between two properties on Seething Lane owned by Lady Constance Knollys and for this transgression she was fined one red rose; the custom was revived in the twentieth century and is carried out by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames.
The Master of the Company chooses a rose from the garden on Seething Lane; the cut blossom is carried ceremonially on a velvet cushion by the Verger of All-Hallows-by-the-Tower in a colourful procession to the Mansion House, where is it presented to the Lord Mayor in a private ceremony. It usually takes place on the second Monday in June but the date can vary depending on the availability of the Lord Mayor so is agreed on a year-by-year basis. Anyone can watch the rose cutting and procession, however you won't be able to view the private ceremony at the Mansion House. http://www.ahbtt.org.uk/history/knollys-rose-ceremony-/
BEATING THE BOUNDS
Beating the Bounds is an ancient custom still observed in many English parishes. Its roots go back to mediaeval times when parishes reaffirmed their boundaries by processing round them at Rogationtide, stopping to beat each boundary mark with wands and to pray for protection and blessings for the land. At All Hallows they still beat the bounds of their parish every year on Ascension Day.