St James Dukes Place

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 James Duke’s Place was originally built in 1622, on land that before the Dissolution used to belong to Holy Trinity Priory.  It was undamaged  in the  Great Fire of 1666, but fell into disrepair and had to be rebuilt in 1727, only  to be demolished in 1874, when the parish was merged with St Katharine Cree.

St James Dukes Place (site of)

St James Dukes Place parish boundary marker, St Katharine Cree churchyard

Essentially nothing now remains of the church at its former site, other than the name, which lives on in that of St James’s Passage, and some parish boundary markers in Creechurch Lane and in St Katharine Cree churchyard in Mitre Street.

St James Dukes Place plaque in St Katharine Cree

Some memorial plaques salvaged from the church survive in St Katharine Cree.


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