The Churches of Britain and Ireland
The City of London
The City of London on Wikipedia.
My knowledge of the divisions of London are very vague. If a church is wrongly listed here, please let me know!
marked † are (in part at least) by Wren. Any corrections would be welcome.
Barking, Byward Street. TQ 333 806. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A
modern view. © Mark Summers.
Another view. © Andrew Ross, and
another © Peter Morgan. TQ
333 806. Link.
Bevis Marks Synagogue, on Bevis Marks, is the oldest synagogue in England (1701) and remains in regular use for worship. © Gervase N. E. Charmley. Link.
Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula (the chapel of the Tower of
London). © Peter Morgan.
Dutch Church, Austin Friars. Interior view. Both © Aidan McRae Thomson.
St. Alban†, Wood Street, a victim of
the great fire, and WW2. Only
the tower remains. TQ 3235 8146. © Aidan McRae Thomson.
Another view, © Christopher
Skottowe (1959). An old illustration is available
Grade II* listed.
St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield
(Priory Church; open most days, small charge). From an
old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern
view. © Aidan McRae Thomson. Interior view,
© Charles Clegg (2012). Link.
St. Clement†, Eastcheap. © Aidan McRae Thomson.
Of Wren, only the tower and walls survive, the church having been bombed during WWII. TQ
3316 8072. © Andrew Ross.
Another view, © Christopher Skottowe (1959). An old photo is available
Grade I listed.
St. Edmund, King and Martyr†
on Lombard Street. Previously Anglican, now the London Centre for Spirituality. Unusually, this church was damaged by bombing in WWI (according to this
link). © Gerard Doherty (2013).
Grade I listed.
St. Helen, Bishopsgate. Interior view. Both © Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
at Garlickhythe. © Mark Summers. The
tower, seen over the
top of intervening buildings, with Port of London cranes behind.
© Christopher Skottowe (1963).
St. Katherine Cree (1631) on Leadenhall Street. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. The spelling of Katherine varies according to the source consulted, Katharine, Katherine, Catharine, Catherine, though Katherine seems to be most commonly used. A modern view, and an interior view. Both © Gervase N. E. Charmley.
St. Lawrence Jewry†. © Tim Tomlinson. Another view. © David Gallimore. Link.
St. Magnus the Martyr†
on Lower Thames Street. © Mark
Summers. Another view, and
the spire, both ©
Christopher Skottowe (2015). Link.
The former St. Nicholas Cole Abbey†, now in use as a religious education centre. © Aidan McRae Thomson. Two views (1, 2), both © David Gallimore. Link1. Link2.
St. Olave Jewry, in the City, is one of Wren's
churches. It was demolished in 1888, leaving the tower only. © Simon Kidner.
St. Paul's Cathedral†
(consecrated 1708), from an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A distant high-level view, showing the cathedral
as it's not possible to appreciate it from ground level. © Dave Westrap.
Another view, © Aidan McRae Thomson,
and another, © Gerard Doherty (2013).
A 1963 photo shows the
smog-blackened building, before it was cleaned, ©
Christopher Skottowe (1963). The
south doorway, ©
Christopher Skottowe (1964). Cleaning started in 1965 - the
cathedral in scaffolding;
the north-west tower, the
dome in scaffolding,
all © Christopher Skottowe (1965), and
the partly cleaned
cathedral from Watling Street, © Christopher Skottowe (1966). Link1.
Grade I listed.
(aka Church of the Holy Sepulchre) on Holborn Viaduct.
Interior view. TQ 317 814. Both © Aidan McRae Thomson.
Another view, © Gervase N. E. Charmley,
and another, © Bill Henderson (2014).
An old postcard view,
Paul E. Barnett's Collection) poses a minor mystery. As the photos show, there
should be an imposing porch. The card is postmarked 1906,
but the porch looks much older. Although I haven't been able to find a precise
date for it, Pevsner mentions a re-facing of the stonework of the porch
by W. P. Griffiths in 1873-5, so it must be significantly older than this.
Grade I listed.
St. Vedast-alias-Foster† (open most days), is on Foster Lane near St. Paul's Cathedral. TQ 3220 8127. © Bill Henderson. Another view, © Aidan McRae Thomson. This unusual view from above is from St. Paul's Cathedral, through scaffolding. © Christopher Skottowe (1965). Two interior views - 1, 2, both © Charles Clegg (2012). Link. Grade I listed, wherein it's dated to 1670-3, with the tower added in 1697. Severely damaged in WWII, the re-built interior is described as a "near facsimile".
Temple Church on Inner Temple Lane. On a cramped site, the church is difficult to photograph well. Another view. TQ 312 810. Both © Bill Henderson (2018). Link. Grade I listed.
04 March 2023
© Steve Bulman