door to the pub is Christ
your aunt's father, was curate there in the 1930's." I mention to Mike.
"Really?" he says, walking away to
greet a friend.
"Yes," I continue, speaking with
my new friend Liam.
"Christ Church, was one of the 50 new churches, commissioned by an Act of
Parliament in 1711 to be built on open sites around the City of London. The
Hawksmoor, an assistant to Wren.
"Struth! I have a Koala somewhere!"
He goes off looking for it.
"Hello, Rob," I persist, finding
another Australian and guide him to a window overlooking the church. "See how the west
front terminates the facing street with its monumental steeple, punctuating
the simple rectangular body of the church. The steeple rises directly behind
a grand portico, raised by steps from the street. The portico has a
Palladian form, an arched centre flanked by two rectangular openings on each
side, which is echoed by the tripartite window behind the chancel to the
"I missed Neighbours!"
"The interior is an axially organised plan, with column screens all around
articulating the entrance with balcony seating above, side aisles, and
separating the chancel to the east. Four piers with half columns attached
articulate a central rectangle, marking a cross aisle between two side
doorways. Together these piers and the column screen give the linear plan an
additional centralized reading. Tall, flat coffered ceilings allow space for
clerestory windows to light the central space and lower outer windows to
light the side aisles."
do feel a bit rough, mate! It was a real heavy night last night! " Rob
I continue. "The extreme height of the
steeple, the giant order of columns, the tall interior volumes and window
and door openings are proportioned as simple rectangular, semi-circular and
circular forms. The geometric simplicity of the giant scaled forms gives the
church a sombre monumental grandeur. It evokes basic and archetypal
experiences of form and faith, made tangible in stone."
Rob grasps my hand saying "I've got to
go somewhere!" He disappears into the night.
I must learn to improve my
interpersonal skills with strangers.
We meander a few yards to Brick Lane,
famous for its Indian restaurants. Really good food.
Mike must organise another party soon!