St Michael, Cornhill, is a medieval parish church in the City of London with pre-Norman Conquest parochial foundation. The medieval structure was lost in the Great Fire of London, and replaced by the present building, traditionally attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. The upper parts of the tower are by Nicholas Hawksmoor. The church was embellished by Sir George Gilbert Scott and Herbert Williams in the nineteenth century.Plan my trip to London with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
The church of St Michael was in existence by 1133. The patronage was in the possession of the Abbot and convent of Evesham until 1503, when it was settled on the Drapers Company. A new tower was built in 1421, possibly after a fire. John Stow described the church as "fair and beautiful, but since the surrender of their lands to Edward VI, greatly blemished by the building of four tenements on the north side thereof, in the place of a green church-yard". On the south side of the church was a churchyard with what Stow calls a "proper cloister", with lodgings for choristers, and a pulpit cross, at which sermons were preached. These were maintained by Sir John Rudstone, after whose death in 1530 the choir was dissolved and the cross fell into decay.
There is a folk tale, dating from the early 16th-century, which tells of a team of bellringers who once saw 'an ugly shapen sight' appear as they were ringing the bells during a storm. They fell unconscious, but later discovered scratch marks in the masonry. For years afterwards these were pointed out as the 'Devil's clawmarks'.
St. Michael's Cornhill Reviews
Easy to miss as you hurry down Cornhill, this lovely little church is set back from the main line of building fronts, but well worth venturing inside to enjoy its sense of calm and serenity, or to enj... more »
A very old church in London, dating back to Saxon times, and now squeezed in between the more modern buildings. Lovely both inside and out. more »
Another of the city's underused church buildings of which there are many. It has an ornate and interesting interior. It would be much better if all the people visiting came to use the church building for its original purpose, to worship God, hear his word (the bible) being taught, and understand about the good news of Jesus rather than just to look at some interior decorating.
God bless everyone.
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