Saint Mary le Strand is a Church of England church at the eastern end of the Strand in the City of Westminster, London. It lies within the Deanery of Westminster (St Margaret) within the Diocese of London. The church stands on what is now a traffic island to the north of Somerset House, King’s College London’s Strand campus and The Temple, and south of Bush House. It is the official church of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and has a book of remembrance for members who have died in service. The nearest tube station is Temple, with the now-closed Aldwych station nearly opposite the church. It is known as one of the two ‘Island Churches’, the other being St Clement Danes.
Charles Dickens and Saint Mary-le-Strand Church.
John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow, the parents of Charles Dickens, were married at Saint Mary-le-Strand Church in 1809. John worked as a clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office at Somerset House, across the road from the church.
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