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
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
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 Tyndale New Testament
Paper and leather binding
Printed in 1526
Was this small but potent volume the most dangerous book in Tudor England ? Henry VIII thought it might be and tried to stop its translation and
printing. In 1526 the publication of William Tyndale’s book opened up for the first time the whole of the New Testament in English and helped to
bring continental Reformation ideals to the people of England. Tyndale wrote that the Church authorities banned translations of the Bible in order
'to keep the world still in darkness, to the intent they might sit in the consciences of the people, through vain superstition and false
doctrine... and to exalt their own honour... above God himself’.
Inspired to get the Bible in to the hands of the people, Tyndale had to travel to Cologne to start printing, betrayed, he was forced to move on to
Worms and from there copies were smuggled in to England. The Bishop of London, sent out a prohibition, burning copies in a grand gesture at
St Paul’s on 27 October 1526 and a Canon of the Cathedral was responsible for planning Tyndale’s eventual arrest in
Although Tyndale was executed the words in which he expressed the content of the New Testament live on. Roughly eighty percent of the King James
New Testament used today is Tyndale’s work. The following phrases appear in print for the first time in Tyndale’s translation: ‘broken-hearted’;
‘eat drink and be merry’; ‘signs of the times’; ‘flowing with milk and honey’.
In spite of the efforts to hunt down and destroy the translation this copy survived in defiance of church and state and is one of only three left
in existence. It entered the cathedral library as part of the Humfrey Wanley collection, chiefly comprising bibles and liturgies, acquired in
1710 for £60. The true significance of this volume, which helped change the literary, religious and political landscape for ever was only realised
in the nineteenth century.
The New Testament 1526, William Tyndale, British Library Publishing 2000
William Tyndale: A Biography, David Daniell, Yale Nota Bene 2001