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.
Private Herbert Richard Barnes 13th Battalion, The Essex Regiment
Private Barnes lived in Beaconsfield Road, Leyton. He originally enlisted in the 1st/
8th (Cyclist) Battalion on 11 August 1915 as number 2207 and would have spent his time on coastal patrolling in Essex until 31 July 1916
when he was posted to France to join the 13th Essex. He was wounded with a gun shot in the right thigh on 13 November 1916, probably at
Beaumont Hamel, and returned to the UK on 27 November.
He was eventually invalided from the Army under Paragraph 392 (xvi) of King’s Regulations, ‘being no longer physically fit for war service’, on
28 March 1919 age 25. This means that he would have been issued with a Silver War Badge, a numbered lapel badge given to all invalided
servicemen to wear on their civilian clothes, and designed to show that they had ‘done their bit’. His badge was number B166700, issued on 9
From his signature in an autograph book entry on 18 March 1919, we know that he was treated at the Beechlands Military Hospital in Sussex.
He was entitled to the British War and Allied Victory Medals.
Private Barnes was treated at the Lady George Nevill Hospital.
Information courtesy of The Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford.