Smithfield, London, England

13 Aug

Last weekend, Tom and I found ourselves trotting through the crooked back-streets of Smithfield, heading towards the night circus.

Smithfield is steeped in history, so is a highly charged setting for any performance. It’s mostly known for its centuries-old market these days, but it used to be a popular site for executions, including that of William Wallace in 1305. It was also largely untouched by the 1666 fire of London, so has retained a sense of its past more than most areas of London. Ghosts brush past you as you wander through it, and you find yourself listening out for their footsteps.

Tom and I had tickets for ‘How Like an Angel‘, a collaboration between the UK based vocal ensemble, I Fagiolini, and the contemporary Australian circus troop Circa. They have been performing at cathedrals around the UK culminating in this, their final run, at The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. The church was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian priory, and though what remains is merely the chancel of a much larger monastic church, it still possesses the most significant Norman interior in London (and was used in Shakespeare in Love as the church where Shakespeare begs for forgiveness, incidentally).

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Awesome, what an experience that must have been! :)

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9 Responses to “Smithfield, London, England”

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes August 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Magnificent photos – & write up. A night circus. So that’s what you’ve been up to and me going to work all day!!! :) Awesome, beautiful, magnificent.

    • toemailer August 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      Some people have all the luck :)

  2. Green Cathedral of South Africa August 14, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Reblogged this on My Choice and commented:
    Toemail is a blog showing you toes from all over the world; from known places to places you’ve never heard of.

  3. Jenny August 14, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Exquisite photographs and beautiful words as well. Definitely adding the church to my list of places to see in London.

    • toemailer August 15, 2013 at 2:46 am #

      Looks to be a beauty and they allow such cool stuff it seems! :)

  4. livesandliberties August 14, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    St Barts is my church :) great pics!

    • toemailer August 15, 2013 at 2:47 am #

      Cool, it’s a small toemail world we like to say, or at least we have started saying it lately lol :)

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