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

St Paul's Institute summer round-up

As the blue skies of summer return, we have put together a digest of all the latest articles, videos and pictures from St Paul’s Institute over the past few months. We have had some wonderful events and are truly encouraged by everyone who attends and makes all the effort...

Contact the Elderly to hold Golden Jubilee Concert at St Paul's

A charity which has helped transform the lives of lonely older people for the past 50 years will celebrate its Golden Jubilee at St Paul's. Since 1965, Contact the Elderly has been carrying out its vital work, with the simple concept of tea, cake and conversation at Sunday...

Maurice Sills - St Paul's volunteer, expert proofreader, cricket and football aficionado - turns 100!

At St Paul's we often talk about our many great treasures, but none are more valued than our very great friend, cricket-loving Maurice Sills, who is celebrating his century stand. Maurice, a volunteer at the Cathedral since the 1970s, turns 100 today (July 28). One of...