London Walks guide and Podcast presenter Andrew Hallett writes…
Sadly Philip Stewart, who was the verger at St Bartholomew-the-Great passed away in December.
Many walkers might remember him enthusiastically greeting people at the church on the Shakespeare and Dickens walk with a folder of pictures and a huge smile.
He cared deeply about St Bartholomews and was the perfect host for the various film production companies who visited the church. He was a hugely popular figure amongst the congregation.
He was very funny, kind and hugely knowledgeable. I know he felt very privileged to spend the last years of his life as a Brother at Charterhouse where he was invited to lead tours. He was also a very modest and talented pianist and could sometimes be persuaded to play at Christmas.
Always more than happy to meet up for a pint in the Hand and Shears or The Rising Sun next door, Phil became a regular contributor to the London Walks podcast. Adam and myself met up with him to record a Halloween Special and then again on Charterhouse Square itself. The recordings would take no more than a few minutes over a pint as he was so articulate and witty, his charm and enthusiasm shone through.
He was great fun and will be really missed.
Here's Phil as featured in the London Walks Podcast…
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