Wednesday, 13 January 2016

RIP Philip Stewart @StBartholomews

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.


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Here's Phil as featured in the London Walks Podcast…








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