History

History
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8:00am Holy Communion
10:15am Choral Mattins
11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
4:45pm Sunday Organ Recital - Gabriele Marinoni
6:00pm Eucharist

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

St Paul's Cathedral Bells to be Restored

Following the traditional New Year peal, the final time they rang this year, the bells will be removed from the north west tower later in January and taken to the foundry of John Taylor & Co in Loughborough, where they were cast in 1878. There they will be cleaned to remove...

Save the Date - Disabled Access Day 2018

St Paul's will be hosting Disabled Access Day on 10 March 2018 with special tours and events especially designed to put disabled people right at the heart of Cathedral life.  More details of the programme of activities and events will follow in 2018.

St Paul’s welcomes new young and talented organists

The Music Department of St Paul’s Cathedral are delighted to announce three new organist appointments: William Fox has been appointed Sub Organist from July 2018. James Orford has been appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar from January 2018. Nicholas Freestone...