St Peter-le-Poer

Another in the  occasional series on churches that survived the Great Fire of 1666 but were rebuilt or demolished subsequently …

St Peter-le-Poer - as engraved by John Le Keux in 1839

St Peter-le-Poer – as engraved by John Le Keux in 1839

St Peter-le-Poer  was originally built around 1181, incorporated into the priory church of Austin Friars Priory as a private chapel around 1265,  then separated from it again after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 (the remaining part of the priory church then becoming the Dutch Church), and extended  in 1615-31.  It was undamaged in the Great Fire of 1666 (although ash from the fire settled on an open prayer book in the church, and obscured the text), but later fell into disrepair, and had to be repaired in 1716 and rebuilt in 1788-92, only to be demolished in 1907-08, when the parish was merged with St Michael Cornhill.  Nothing now remains of the church at its former site, at 109-118 Broad Street, although the salvaged pulpit and font still survive, in the church of St Peter-le-Poer in Friern Barnet.

St Peter-le-Poer parish boundary marker, Throgmorton Street

St Peter-le-Poer parish boundary marker, Throgmorton Street

Site of St Peter le Poer, Broad Street

Site of St Peter le Poer, Broad Street

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