St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey
What is there to see? The first known record of a church on the site is from 1290. It is likely that there had been a church on the site for some time before, as the Priory had been built in 1082-1090.
In 1680, the old church was deemed unsafe and most of it was pulled down and rebuilt (architect Charles Stanton). The only surviving remnant of the building from before then is the lower portion (about 25 feet, possibly) of the late mediæval tower, including four gothic arches in the chamber behind the organ, and this is now the oldest building in Bermondsey.
The new building was completed by 1690 and is essentially what is seen today, although a significant difference was the portico at the west end (on pillars, projecting into Bermondsey Street above the present pavement), above which was the school.
When is it open? Wednesday from 1-3pm (1pm Holy Communion) and Friday from 9am to 12pm.
In addition the church office is open from Tuesday to Thursdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm and Fridays from 2-5pm