History

History
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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.

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604–1559
Foundation, Loss and Reconstruction  |  Medieval Splendour
1560–1711
Reformation to Conflagration  |  A New Cathedral for London
1712–1905
Memorialising the Greats  |  St Paul's in the Age of Industry
1906 - present
Defending the Cathedral  |  Royal Events & Social Reformers

NEWS FOR History

Tribute from St Paul's Cathedral - the Bishop of London announces his retirement

The Dean of St Paul's has paid tribute to the Bishop of London as the Bishop announces his retirement.  The Bishop's last public engagement as Bishop of London will be Candlemas at St Paul’s Cathedral on 2 February 2017. Visit the Bishop of London's website Dean of...

A Royal Celebration of St Paul's Friends and Benefactors

Several hundred Friends of St Paul's attended the annual Festival evensong on 13 July 2016. See all images from the service  The Friends' Patron HRH The Duchess of Gloucester spoke at the end of the traditional chorister recital of her love of St Paul's. She expressed...

Poppies by Stanley Spencer at St Paul's for Battle of the Somme centenary

The oil painting Poppies by Stanley Spencer is on display in the north transept of the cathedral. It is on loan from Newark Council until 18 November 2016. The 1938 work features as part of our First World War Commemorations. It specifically marks the centenary of the Battle...