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Posted by [email protected] on January 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Hidden away behind Carter Lane is a church called St. Andrew's by the Wardrobe, a curious name that relates to the fact that for centuries the Kings of England kept all their clothes, uniforms and other belongings in a building nearby called 'The King's Wardrobe'. I found myself there on a freezing cold day last week as a 'church watcher' and spent some time familiarising myself with the Church. A couple of things are worth mentioning: There is a large print that shows what the area was like in the Middle Ages when it was dominated by the large Dominican monastery stretching from the river Thames in the south, to the Fleet river to the west and Old St. Paul's to the north. Up in the gallery can be found memorials to William Shakespeare who bought a house nearby (now the Cockpit Pub - see a previous blog entry), and a copy of the Deed can also be found in the gallery. There is also a memorial to the composer and lutenist John Downland, who not only played at the court of James I of England (VI of Scotland), but also crossed the sea to become court musician to the Danish King Christian IV.

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