St Mary Aldermanbury

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

Lost Wren Churches St Mary AldermanburySt Mary Aldermanbury, also known as St Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, was originally built in around 1181, and extended in  1438.  It was burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666, and rebuilt by Wren in 1671-5, and further modified in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, only to be  substantially destroyed by incendiary bombing on 29th December, 1940, after which the parish was eventually merged with St Vedast-alias-Foster.

Only the foundations remain at the site today, together with a city garden created in 1966.

Surviving foundations of church

Surviving foundations of church

Much of the building material salvaged from the church survives, in the   remarkable recent reconstruction, true to Wren’s design,  in the grounds of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri (where Winston Churchill made his famous “iron curtain” speech).

Image of reconstructed church in Fulton, Missoury

Image of reconstructed church in Fulton, Missoury

St Alban Wood Street and St Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury parish boundary markers, Love Lane

St Alban Wood Street and St Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury parish boundary markers, Love Lane

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).

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