TQ3079 : St John's, Smith Square

taken 6 years ago, near to Westminster, Great Britain

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St John's, Smith Square
St John's, Smith Square
St John's, Smith Square, is a former church in the centre of Smith Square, Westminster, London. Sold to a charitable Trust as a ruin following firebombing in the Second World War, it was restored as a concert hall. This grade I listed church was designed by Thomas Archer and was completed in 1728. It is regarded as one of the finest works of English Baroque architecture, and features four corner towers and monumental broken pediments. It is often referred to as 'Queen Anne's Footstool' because as legend has it, when Archer was designing the church he asked the Queen what she wanted it to look like. She kicked over her footstool and said 'Like that!', giving rise to the building's four corner towers. The towers were, in fact, added to stabilise the building against subsidence.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 27 February, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 2 March, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3010 7909 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.7474N 0:7.6350W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3008 7907
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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