Bow Church
Bow Church is the parish church of St Mary and Holy Trinity Bow . It is located on an island site in Bow Road (part of the A11), in Bow, London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There has been a church on the same site for approximately 700 years. The church was bombed in the Second World War and the bell tower was reconstructed, just after the war.

Early history
The Church (as a chapel of ease) was licensed by Bishop Ralph Baldock of London on 17 November 1311 for the people of Bow and Old Ford within parish of Stepney. Before this, local people were obliged to travel to St Dunstan's, Stepney to attend church, this was a difficult journey - especially in winter, when the road was cut by flooding. In the 13th century they felt confident and wealthy enough to petition for their own place of worship. The chapel of ease allowed them to pursue their religion locally, but they were still obliged to attend St Dunstan's at Stepney, on religious holidays - and to pay for its upkeep. In 1556 at Bow, during the reign of Mary I of England, and under the authority of Edmund Bonner, Bishop of London, many people were brought by cart, from Newgate, and burned at the stake, in front of Bow Church, in one of the many swings of the English Reformation. In 1719, the parish became independent and St Mary Stratford Bow consecrated. The parish also included the Old Ford area which has also been known as North Bow. The church was given Grade B listed building designation on 19 July 1950. It gives its name to the nearby Bow Church DLR station.

The Church today
The church is active today, led by the Revd J Michael Peet. The church is planning a celebration of 700 years on the same site in 2011

Building Activity

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