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St Magnus the Martyr


Published on:  2020-04-29 09:19:00


It is a Church of England church and parish within the City of London. St Magnus lies on the original alignment of London Bridge between the City and Southwark. Its prominent location and beauty have prompted many mentions in literature. In Oliver Twist Charles Dickens notes how "the tower of old Saint Saviour's Church, and the spire of Saint Magnus, so long the giant-warders of the ancient bridge, were visible in the gloom". The church's spiritual and architectural importance is celebrated in the poem The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot. The church is dedicated to St Magnus the Martyr, earl of Orkney, who died on 16 April in or around 1116. He was executed on the island of Egilsay having been captured during a power struggle with his cousin, a political rival. Magnus had a reputation for piety and gentleness and was canonised in 1135.

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