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St. Olaves Church (Chichester)

The tiny St. Olaves was one of the many mediaeval churches in the historic cathedral city of Chichester.

The building still stands, and is situated in the busy pedestrianised North Street, not far from the magnificent Market Cross.

The origins of St. Olaves lie back in the Saxon period. It is one of a small number of churches dedicated to St. Olaf, the patron saint and King of Norway.

It was Olaf who helped Ethelred the Unready pull down London Bridge, thereby recapturing London from the Vikings. The event is still remembered in the nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down".

Today, the church houses Chichester's SPCK bookshop.

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