St Mary Woolnoth Church: Hawksmoor London Building

St Mary Woolnoth London, Church Architecture Photo, Lombard St Building, English Baroque Architect, Date

St Mary Woolnoth, London : Architecture

Key English Baroque Style Church Building by Nicholas Hawksmoor architect on Lombard Street, England, UK

28 Apr 2013

St Mary Woolnoth London

Location: Lombard Street / King William Street, City of London – close to Bank of England and Mansion House
Date built: 1716-24
Design: Architect Nicholas Hawksmoor

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photos © Adrian Welch

The church was rebuilt by the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches. Work began in 1716 and the new church was reopened for worship on Easter Day 1727. St Mary Woolnoth London was commissioned from architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, who had responded with one of his most distinctive and original designs. He benefited greatly from having an unusually open area in which to work. The old church building had been hemmed in by shops and houses, like many other City churches, but these were demolished at the same time as the church. Hawksmoor was thus able to fully exploit the unobstructed front of the site. St Mary Woolnoth is the only City of London church by Hawksmoor.

The impressive architectural design has an unusually imposing façade, in English Baroque style, is dominated by two flat-topped turrets supported by columns of the Corinthian order, which are used throughout the church. The west side of the façade, facing Lombard Street, has distinctive recesses bearing an inset forward-curving pediment resting on skewed columns.

Photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk

Another relgious building by Nicholas Hawksmoor in East London:

Christ Church, Spitalfields:
Christ Church Spitalfields
photo © Adrian Welch

St Mary Woolnoth architect : Nicholas Hawksmoor

Address: Lombard Street, City of London EC3V 9AN

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