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.
Lance Corporal Alfred Henry Westley 23rd Battalion, The Australian Imperial Force
Lance Corporal Westley (Reg No: 2944) was treated at the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall in Middlesex.
Born in Fern Tree Gully, Victoria, Alfred was working as a carpenter when he enlisted in August 1916. His Battalion set off from Melbourne that
October and he arrived in the UK in January 1917. After 6 months’ training on Salisbury Plain, he was deployed to France. He was promoted to
Lance Corporal the following August. Alfred suffered serious gunshot wounds to his leg in September 1918 and had to be evacuated to Beaufort
Military Hospital in Bristol, where his injuries necessitated the amputation of his right foot. He was admitted to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary
Hospital, Southall, in October 1918 and this is when he will have contributed to the embroidery of the St Paul’s altar frontal. Alfred was well
enough to return to Australia by troopship in May 1919.
He married Ivy in 1922 and the couple spent many happy years together with their daughters, Dorothy and Marjorie. Dorothy is now living in a
residential home; Marjorie died in 2006. Alfred himself died in 1979.
Alfred was awarded the Imperial Service Medal in 1959 for his work as the Assistant Manager of the Repatriation Artificial Limb Factory in