All Hallows on the Wall

Another in the series on historic churches in the City of London …

By the time of the Great Fire of London in 1666, there were over a hundred parish churches and other places of Christian worship within and immediately without the walls of  the City, despite a number having been closed down during the Reformation. To be precise, according to  Parish Clerks’ records, there were 97 churches within the walls of the City, and 16 without, making a total of 113.


All Hallows-on-the-Wall (“28” on sixteenth-century “Agas” map/Map of Early Modern London) was originally built around 1120.

All Hallows London Wall exterior

All Hallows London Wall interior

All Hallows memorial

The church was undamaged in the Great Fire of 1666.  My distant ancestor Simon West, was married here, for the third time, in 1677.

The church was  subsequently rebuilt  by George Dance the Younger in 1765-67, and further modified in the late  nineteenth century. The rebuilt church had to be  restored twice in the twentieth century,  after sustaining bomb damage   during  both the Second  World War of the early part, and  the IRA terror campaign of the late.

The font was salvaged from St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street.

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