Lost Wren churches – All Hallows Bread Street

Lost Wren Churches

The first in an occasional series on churches built by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666 that have been lost  since (mostly demolished on the orders of  our own  town planners – in some cases justifiably, for safety reasons; in others, at least arguably  so,  either for security reasons, or to allow for site redevelopment; but in still others,  simply because they had been deemed, under the incomprehensibly philistine Union of Benefices Act of 1860, to be surplus to requirements).

All Hallows Bread Street plaques, St Mary-le-Bow

All Hallows Bread Street plaques, St Mary-le-Bow

All Hallows Bread Street was originally built in the thirteenth  century, sometime before 1291 (it is mentioned in Pope Nicholas IV’s “Taxatio Ecclesiastica” of that year).  It was burnt down   in the Great Fire of 1666,  and rebuilt by Wren in 1681-98, only to be  demolished to make way for warehouses in 1877,  when the parish was merged with St Mary-le-Bow.   A plaque on the wall of St Mary-le-Bow and some parish boundary markers survive  at  its former site.  The salvaged pulpit also survives,  in St Vedast, Foster Lane.  John Milton was christened here in 1608.

The site of the church is visited on our “Lost Wren churches” themed special.

Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.

Bookings may be made through the “Contact/Booking” section of the web-site, by e-mail (lostcityoflondon@sky.com), or by phone (020-8998-3051).

Lost Wren Churches

Lost Wren Churches

2 thoughts on “Lost Wren churches – All Hallows Bread Street

  1. rafterd1972

    How sad that so many of these churches were lost or destroyed. At least there are pictures and a record of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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