St Stephen’s Walbrook, London Church Building, Photo, Design, Date, Image
St Stephen’s Walbrook
Religous Building in the City of London, England: Church Architecture – by Christopher Wren Architect
page updated 4 Jul 2014
St Stephen’s Walbrook
City of London
Sir Christopher Wren, Architect
Photos from 29 Apr 2013:
This unique church was described by Sir John Sommerson as ‘the pride of English architecture’.
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 architect 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.
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 fifteenth 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 125 feet (38 m) long and, 67 feet (20 m) 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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