by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Mon Feb 08 2016, 10:42pm | 4 comments
I had no idea there was a special church for journalists!
This is St. Bride’s, off Fleet Street, which is of course the traditional home of British media.
Is this where they go to learn about ethics in gaming journalism?
Just so peculiar and kind of cool, isn’t it? One of the things about London I’ve learned from doing genealogical research is how many churches and places/former parishes are or were dedicated to certain occupations. I think it originally arose out of the system of guilds that dominated the feudal/early renaissance era. Just looking at my database quickly, St Matthew Friday Street, just off Cheapside, was the only church dedicated to the apostle and patron saint of accountants. Or maybe a better example is St Giles-without-Cripplegate, so called because it was outside the ancient city walls, and Giles was the patron saint of beggars and cripples. Anyway, I’m far from a churchgoer or anything, it’s just that most of the remaining records of people from 17th-18th century (and earlier) Britain are parish records.
in new york, we have an actors’ church (St. Malachi’s), and an actors’ synagogue (Congregation Ezrath Israel), and, Episcopal Actors have their own guild. i only mention the actors houses of worship because i know about them. i’m willling to bet there are lots of “specialized” houses of worship in almost any city with a large cultural presence.
St. Paul’s in Covent Garden is also an actors’ church.
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