St Clement Eastcheap

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.


St Clement Eastcheap  (“F” on sixteenth-century “Agas” map/Map of Early Modern London) was originally built at least as long ago as  the eleventh century, and described by Stow at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth as “a small church, void of monuments”.  It was repaired and beautified in 1632.


St Clement Eastcheap 1


The church burned down in the Great Fire of 1666, and was subsequently rebuilt by Wren between 1683-7, and altered in 1872 and again in  1932-4.

This is probably the St Clement’s of nursery rhyme fame.


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