Lost Wren churches – St Bartholomew by the Exchange

Lost Wren Churches

Another in the occasional series on churches built by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666 that have been lost  since …

St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange was probably originally built in the thirteenth century, although first recorded in the fourteenth, in 1438, and subsequently rebuilt in the fifteenth, in 1438 (William Capel, sometime Mayor of London, adding a chapel in the sixteenth, in around 1509).  The church was badly damaged  in the  Great Fire, and rebuilt by Wren in 1675-83, only to be demolished,  to allow for the rebuilding of the Royal Exchange and the widening of Threadneedle Street, in 1840/1.  A Corporation “Blue Plaque” marks  its former site.

St Bartholomew by the Exchange plaque

St Bartholomew by the Exchange plaque

The salvaged organ of 1731 survives, in St Vedast-alias-Foster.  The salvaged pulpit also survives,  in the church of St Bartholomew in Craven Hill in Tottenham (having been housed in St Bartholomew Moor Lane until that church was demolished to make way for the extension to the Metropolitan Line in 1902).

St Bartholomew by the Exchange, St Christopher le Stocks and St Margaret Lothbury parish boundary markers, Bank of England

St Bartholomew by the Exchange, St Christopher le Stocks and St Margaret Lothbury parish boundary markers, Bank of England

St Bartholomew by the Exchange parish boundary markers

St Bartholomew by the Exchange parish boundary marker

 

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