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.
Today in history - Coronation composer Hubert Parry dies
07 October 2013
St Paul's is famously the burial place for many Great Britons, with military leaders, poets, artists and
scientists all represented in the crypt.
A number of this country's finest musicians and composers are also interred within the Cathedral, none more notable or influential in 19th and
20th century choral music than Sir Charles Hubert Parry.
Born in 1848, by age 33 Parry was a professor at the Royal College of Music, becoming the head of the college 12 years later.
While Parry's compositions did include orchestral works and even an opera, it is his church choral music and songs for which he is most famed.
Chief amongst his works which remain known today are the hymn tune Repton, (Dear Lord and Father of Mankind); his musical setting of William Blake's short poem And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem); and for the great anthem I
Was Glad, set to the words of Psalm 122 and written for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1911.
This anthem was also sung at the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and also at the service of thanksgiving for HM The
Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Whilst never the most acclaimed of English composers either in the UK or overseas, it is known that through both his academic work and
composition, Parry was a great influence on Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.
Aged 70, Parry fell victim to the global Spanish Flu pandemic and died in west Sussex on 7 October 1918.