Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Remembrancetide at St Botolph's

Yesterday, 11 November, marked the centenary of the Armistice, and along with other bellringers up and down the country, St Botolph's Tower Captain John Adams and his team 'rang for peace' as part of the Ringing Remembers commemoration. Their achievement is listed on the Ringing World bellboard here
On Friday, while Fr David was assisting the Railway Chaplain with the leading of Remembrance prayers by the vast war memorial on Liverpool Street Station, the Padre and Regimental Colonel of the Honourable Artillery Company attended St Botolph's to lay a new wreath by the HAC memorials, and put the old wreath outside at the Cross, both with short acts of remembrance. Following this the HAC, rather than coming to church as usual, this year held a drumhead service at their HQ in City Road, where 1600 crosses had been planted in the grass to represent those lost in the Great War. The lesson was read by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Royal Honorary Colonel, and the address given by General Sir Richard Barrons, Colonel Commandant and President. St Botolph's was represented at this solemn ceremony by Fr David and the Administrator.
In church we have two commemorative displays for Remembrancetide. Thanks to the City of London Corporation, we are taking part in the national initiative 'There but Not There' which places silhouettes of 'Tommies' near war memorials. We have some seated figures in the pews in church, near the Honourable Artillery Company memorials in the North Aisle, and near the London Rifle Brigade and Parish memorials in the South Aisle; in addition there are standing silhouettes near the Bishopsgate entrance, and outside by the memorial Cross in the Churchyard (the first memorial to the Great War to be erected in London). We are also displaying once again some of the boards from the City Hall exhibition 'Exploring London's war memorials' which we first showed in 2016 at the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and our own memorial Cross - which is featured in the exhibition along with the Parish war memorial and others. We hope you will find the displays interesting and moving - they will remain in church for another couple of weeks. There are some photographs below showing the impact of the displays.