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

A statement on the protected view of St Paul’s Cathedral

The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral have been made aware of the concerns for the protected view of the cathedral from Richmond, first raised by the Friends of Richmond Park.  The Cathedral was not notified or consulted on the planning application for this major development...

Thanksgiving Service 2016 at St Paul's Cathedral, London

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun attended his fourth and final Thanksgiving Day Service at St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday 24 November 2016 Here is his full President's Proclamation -  'Happy Thanksgiving. What a joy be here. Here we are. Nearly 400 years since English pilgrims...

New St Paul's Cathedral First World War Altar Frontal and Memorial Book

The story of how injured men learned to embroider a dazzling altar frontal despite the horrors of  World War One is now available in a new book. Convalescing servicemen in Britain's military hospitals worked on the altar frontal as part of their therapy. Now you can read...