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.
William Dugdale’s History of St Paul’s Paper and leather binding Illustrated by Wenceslas Hollar Published by Thomas Warren 1658
Several histories of St Paul’s Cathedral have been written but this work by Sir William Dugdale stands out for the fortuitous timing of its
publication and the brilliant, evocative illustrations which accompany the text. The author, an antiquarian fascinated by ecclesiastical
history, was commissioned by Christopher, Lord Hatton to produce the book just ten years before the Great Fire of London destroyed the
A chance meeting in the street between William Dugdale and the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee responsible for former cathedral lands
led to the loan of vast numbers of deeds and other documents which enabled the author to compile his history with great accuracy. The Cathedral
he describes was at the heart of London life, a meeting place of the ecclesiastical, public, regal and civic. It witnessed some tumultuous
events and some of the most radical developments in British society. Dugdale records the ceremonies which took place, the saint’s days which
were celebrated and how the Cathedral spaces were used and adorned.
Illustrations by Wenceslas Hollar, an artist from Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic), capture the appearance of the lost building and
what he considered to be the most important tombs then in situ. These include that of St Erkenwald, which stood on the east side of the
high altar, famous across Europe and a popular pilgrimage destination.
The silhouette of the present cathedral easily dominates the imagination, but this volume, one of the first monographs dedicated to a single
building, reminds us through Dugdale’s text and Hollar’s images of the cavernous interior that the one thousand four hundred year old
phenomenon, anchored in Christian worship, and situated on Ludgate Hill has outlived four or five such structures and is far more than just
it's stone and mortar.
St Paul's 604-2004, Ed. Keene, Burns and Saint, Yale Centre for British Art, 2004
St Paul's Before Wren, John Schofield, English Heritage, 2011