St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
The Architectural Archive contains the papers and drawings created by the Surveyor to the Fabric and
related drawings by consultants, contractors, artists and designers.
St Paul’s Cathedral is an exceptionally well-documented building and the architectural archive charts the history of the design, construction,
decoration and maintenance of the present cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
The original drawings by Wren and his draughtsmen as well as the building accounts, contracts and records of the Rebuilding Commission are held
in the Cathedral’s deposited collections at London Metropolitan
The Surveyors' Papers held in the on-site architectural archive at St Paul’s date primarily from the surveyorship of Francis Cranmer Penrose
(Surveyor, 1852–1897) to the present day and record the structural changes and decorative embellishments to the Cathedral during this
The archive also includes designs by some very famous names, such as the eighteenth-century English history painter, Sir James Thornhill, the
nineteenth-century architectural partnership of Bodley and Garner, Nazarene illustrator Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, architect and Surveyor
to Westminster Abbey Stephen Dykes Bower, twentieth-century sculptors William Reid Dick and John Skelton, and stained glass designer Brian
The records demonstrate the working relationships between St Paul's and the artists commissioned to embellish the historic interior and are
complemented by the Cathedral's larger hanging collections and models, which include designs by Alfred Stevens, William Burges, FC Penrose,
William Blake Richmond and Mervyn Macartney.