St Stephen Coleman Street

St Stephen Coleman StreetThe last but one of the series on churches built by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666 that have been lost  since …

St Stephen Coleman Street was originally built around 1214. It was burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666, and rebuilt by Wren in 1674-81, only to be  destroyed by incendiary bombing on 29th December, 1940.  Photographs of the church as it was before the War still survive, and a replica of the carved panel depicting the Last Judgement, clearly seen above the entrance gate in one of the photographs, also survives,  in the Museum of London.   

Entrance gate with Last Judgement panel

Entrance gate with Last Judgement panel

St Stephen Coleman Street parish boundary marker

St Stephen Coleman Street parish boundary marker

Nothing  of the church remains at its original site, other than some parish  boundary markers bearing the insignia of the encircled cockerel.  A Corporation “Blue Plaque” marks the site.  Apparently Anthony Munday, who continued John Stow’s “Survay”, was buried in the church  in 1633, alongside members of the Coleman family who gave it its name.

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

St Stephen Coleman Street plaque

St Stephen Coleman Street plaque

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).

2 thoughts on “St Stephen Coleman Street

  1. rafterd1972

    How sad that so many beautiful churches were lost. Thank you for sharing this great info with those of us who love London.

    Reply

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