Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Cry God for Elizabeth, Shakespeare and Saint George!

St Botolph's celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday with special readings and prayers during the Communion service on the day itself; and with our neighbours in the Churchyard the celebrations were extended in honour of both Her Majesty's birthday and England's Patron Saint, St George, with music, appropriate refreshments, and the annual visit of the Ewell St Mary's Morris Men, who gave us a special dance outside the church aptly using the tune of the old English carol 'The Joys of Mary'. Our photos show the dancers in full flight, and a well-slain dragon which was one of the party.
At this time we also mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, and St Botolph's is playing a part in the City's celebrations of the Bard, hosting in the Hall a series of lectures devised by the Museum of London Archaeology Service. Forthcoming highlights include talks by the actor Ben Crystal on the sound of Shakespeare's language, and the distinguished scholar Professor Stanley Wells on Shakespeare in London. More information from