St Stephen Walbrook is a church in the City of London, part of the Church of England's Diocese of London. The present domed building was erected to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren following the destruction of its medieval predecessor in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is located in Walbrook, next to the Mansion House, and near to Bank and Monument Underground stations.By using our London online road trip planner , you can arrange your visit to St. Stephen Walbrook and other attractions in London.
The original church of St Stephen stood on the west side of the Walbrook, a stream running southwards across the City of London from the City Wall near Moorfields to the Thames.
The church was moved to its present site, on the east side of the Walbrook (later concealed in a culvert), in the 15th century. In 1429 Robert Chichely, acting as executor of will of the former Lord Mayor, Sir William Stondon, bought a piece of land on the east side of the Walbrook, and presented it to the parish. Several foundation stones were laid at a ceremony on 11 May 1429, and the church was consecrated ten years later, on 30 April 1439. At 125ft long and 67ft wide, it was considerably larger than the present building.
The church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It contained a memorial to the composer John Dunstaple. The wording of the epitaph had been recorded in the early 17th century, and was reinstated in the church in 1904, some 450 years after his death. The nearby church of St Benet Sherehog, also destroyed in the Great Fire, was not rebuilt; instead its parish was united with that of St Stephen.
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This little church is one of the many churches in London that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and replaced those that burnt in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Sir Christopher Wren obviously did... more »
There are several Wren churches in London, most within easy walking distance of the others. They are all beautiful, but this one is special somehow. It’s plain, but not austere, and small but not cram... more »
The most beautiful of the Wren churches. Its magnificent gives light and makes the nave below look extraordinary. There is the original Samaritan telephone on display, as it was the place where they were established.
If you love beautiful sacred spaces you will love this church. The architect Sir Christopher Wren was a geometrician as you can see from the skilful way he blends circles and squares. He broke away from trad English church design by turning to Neoclassical. Henry Moore stone altar has a central position. Many free events here, perfect place for wonderful music.
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