The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 3Allen, Thomas
St. George, Botolph Lane.
On the west side of stands the church of St. George. It is an ancient rectory, Robert de Haliwell being rector in ; and was originally in the gift of the abbot and convent of , , at whose dissolution it came to the crown.
The old church was destroyed by the fire in , soon after which the present edifice was erected.
It is a small, but very neat church, built by sir Christopher Wren; it stands on the east side of . The north and east fronts are visible, the south side abuts on a small burying ground, and the east end is built against.
The plan is an oblong square, with a tower at the north-west angle, comprised within the body of the church. The whole of the
|ashlaring is of Portland stone, the various angles rusticated, upon the whole showing a substantial building, with little but judicious ornament.|
The north front of the tower is in stories; the lower contains a door-way, and over it is an arched window, the story has a lintelled window in each face, the whole is finished with a parapet, and on each angle is a vase. The remainder of the north side of the church has windows, with low arched heads, bounded with architraves.
The east front shews a centre and wings, the former has a large arched window, and is finished with a cornice and pediment; the wings have also windows similar to those in the north side, and are finished with portions of a pediment, which appears to be broken by the centre. The interior is approached by a vestibule, through the lower story of the tower; containing a neat poligonal font, with arched cover, and an entrance to the burying-ground. On each side of the body of the church are columns, with composed capitals; the intercolumniations being unequal, they sustain upon their cornice, the semicircular coved ceiling of the centre division, which is made into compartments by enriched ribs. The ceilings of the aisles are horizontal. The altar is tastefully ornamented. The screen has Corinthian columns, sustaining a broken pediment, enclosing the king's arms. On the jambs of the great window are painted whole lengths of Moses and Aaron. On the key stone is carved a cherubim. At the western end is a gallery, containing the organ. The church was finished in , at the cost of
On the south side of the chancel, is a large pew, a high piece of iron scroll work, embellished with the Beckford arms, the city regalia and arms, and the arms of England, inscribed, Sacred to the memory of that real patriot the right honourable William Beckford, twice lord mayor of London, whose incessant spirited efforts to serve his country hastened his dissolution, on the , in the time of his mayoralty, and year of his age. There are several tablets in this church, but their inscriptions are entirely destitute of interest.