History

History
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Half Term: Children go free
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

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 Statutes

We are changing our governing document to provide for new categories for the appointment of Clergy and for the appointment of Cathedral Constables. Please click here to see the notice, here to see the proposed draft statutes, and here for a document showing changes from the...

Centenary of composer Hubert Parry's death marked at St Paul's

On Sunday 7 October the Cathedral marked the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Hubert Parry who is buried in the crypt.  At Evensong, hymns composed by Parry were sung, including Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and his famous Jerusalem, with words by William Blake...

Sheila Nicoll OBE to become Lay Canon at St Paul’s

Sheila Nicoll OBE, Head of Public Policy at Schroders, has been appointed as a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul’s, the Cathedral’s governing body.  The appointment was approved by the Bishop of London, and Sheila will be installed at Evensong in the Cathedral in...