St John Walbrook

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 John the Baptist upon Walbrook (“W” on sixteenth-century “Agas” map/Map of Early Modern London) was originally built around 1150, and subsequently rebuilt in 1412, and repaired in 1621 and again in 1649-50.   John Stow wrote, in  “A Survey of London written in the year 1598” : “There be no monuments in this church of any account, only I have learned William Cobarton, skinner, who gave lands to that church, was there buried 1410; and John Stone, tailor, one of the sheriffs 1464, was likewise buried there”.

The church burned down in the Great Fire of 1666, and was not rebuilt again afterwards, the former  parish merging  with that of St Antholin Budge Row.

St John the Baptist upon Walbrook (site of)

A  tiny portion of the churchyard  survives, in Cloak Lane, together with a commemorative plaque put up in 1671.

St John the Baptist upon Walbrook (2)

Some  parish boundary markers also survive.


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