History

History
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8:00am Holy Communion
8:45am Morning Prayer
11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
4:45pm Sunday Organ Recital - Mélanie Barney
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

New Appointment for the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral, has been named as the new Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral.  As Precentor, Canon Michael will oversee and manage the provision of services and the conduct of divine...

Order of St Michael and St George marks bicentary in a service of commemoration and dedication

The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George celebrated its 200th anniversary in a service of commemoration and dedication attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, the Grand Master of the Order.  The service on Thursday 28 June 2018 was attended by 2,000...

St Paul's Cathedral Bells to be Restored

The bells of St Paul’s rang out for the last time for almost a year on New Year’s Day.  They have been removed and taken to the foundry of John Taylor & Co in Loughborough, where they were cast in 1878. There they will be cleaned to remove a thick layer of grime and fitted with...