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Midwinter At Christ Church, Spitalfields

December 16, 2022
by the gentle author

If you fancy a bracing walk as a respite from the festivities, tickets are available for THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOUR OF SPITALFIELDS on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


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The shortest day of the year approaches on Wednesday 21st December, when at forty-seven minutes past nine we pass the solstice taking us back towards shorter nights and longer days. At this time when the sun is at its lowest angle, Christ Church Spitalfields can become an intricate light box with powerful rays of light entering almost horizontally from the south and illuminating Nicholas Hawksmoor’s baroque architecture in startling ways. Yesterday’s crystalline sunlight provided the ideal conditions for such phenomena and inspired me to attempt to capture of these fleeting effects of light.

You may also like to read about

Contemplating Christ Church

A View of Christ Church

The Secrets of Christ Church

Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Churches

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Barbara permalink
    December 16, 2022

    As always, dear spitalfields life, what a magnificent job. I so love your website and would like to thank you for all the fantastically interesting information you give. I have been a long time subscriber and look forward to your email every day. Thank you again and blessings for the Season. Barbara Barrington

  2. Colin Childerley permalink
    December 16, 2022

    Wonderful stories and photos, a great joy Thank you
    Colin Childerley

  3. Patricia permalink
    January 3, 2023

    What a wonderful group of photographs. I have always wanted to see Christ Church Spitalfields as my grandparents were married there in 1898. Thank you so much.

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