History

History
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8:00am Morning Prayer
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
3:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
6:00pm The Easter Liturgy with Baptism, Confirmation and the First Eucharist of Easter

History

For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City.

Frequently at the centre of national events, traditions have been observed here and radical new ideas have found expression under the iconic dome. In many cases these events have left some physical record as well as echoes in the intangible memory of the building.

The present Cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and services began in 1697.

This was the first Cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the sixteenth-century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the life of the church.

NEWS FOR History

Notice: Proposed Changes to Cathedral Constitution and Statutes

We are changing our governing document to increase the number of members of Chapter, amend the provisions relating to the appointment and terms of service of the Canons Non-Residentiary and the Lay Canons and relating to meetings of Chapter. Please click here to see the notice,...

New Testament Scholar is appointed Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral

The Bishop of London and the Chapter have appointed Dr Paula Gooder as Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral. Paula is one of today’s best known New Testament theologians, a scholar and teacher who most recently has been Director of Mission Learning and Development at the Diocese...

Sacrist of St Paul's Appointed as New Precentor

Chapter are pleased to announce that the Reverend James Milne will join the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral as Residentiary Canon and Precentor, with his appointment recently approved by Her Majesty The Queen and confirmed by No. 10 Downing Street. James has been a Minor Canon...