Built in 1729, St Ann’s Church was re-fronted in 1868. So if it looks Victorian on the outside it may come as a surprise to see its wonderful classical Georgian interior. During most days the church is freely open to visitors so do make your way in if at all possible. Inside there is an excellent leaflet explaining the history but a few pointers of interest are worth retelling here.
Some of the famous people associated with the church include Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, Oscar Wilde and Dr TJ Barnardo (1845-1905), founder of the famous children’s charity.
Walk up to the altar and have a look at the writing under a section of wooden shelving. In summary it explains that in 1723 a bequest of £13 per annum was made to provide fresh loaves of bread to the poor. To this day a number of loaves are always on the shelves for anyone in need.
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