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.
I am the daughter-in-law of Percy Patrick and his son, Philip John, and I came to Australia in 1968 after we were married in London. My husband
always joked that I’d brought myself back a live souvenir! Percy’s daughter, Ida Missing, still lives in Hatfield.
I cannot think about Percy without very fond memories of a wonderful character. When I was in London I would visit him in Sir Oswald Stoll
Mansions and sometimes the three of us would sit and talk till the wee hours of the morning. Percy had a wonderful education (Duke of York
Military School). He could quote long reams from Shakespeare or sing mining songs from Kalgoolie (inland West Australia).
Percy grew up in the east of London and as a youngster often played football on the Boleyn Ground (West Ham United Football Club’s ground). He
left home at seven years old to attend military school. During his youth he had many jobs including a steward on an ocean liner where he
travelled to Australia. Whilst there he played in the "semi-final” of the Australasian Cup at Rushcutters Bay, Sydney in September 1914 where
his team beat RMS "Morea” 13-2. Other jobs included working as a labourer on a farm in the West Country and in the coal mines of Tonypandy in
Later in 1914 he joined the Royal Artillery and became the lead driver of the artillery cannons seeing action in Belgium. His active service
ended due to injury when the horse he was riding reared up after a shell had exploded nearby. Percy was trapped under the horse and his metal
stirrup deeply pierced his ankle. In 1917 he was returned to England but unfortunately gangrene had set in and he had to have his left foot
Percy spent over two years in hospital undergoing a number of operations and it was whilst he was in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in
London that he first learned needlepoint. The family can’t recall him talking about his involvement with the Altar Frontal but he can be seen
in some images displaying some of his work – Royal Artillery Badge at the centre of the table – he sits in the wheelchair on the right. During
a visit to the hospital by Queen Alexandra, Percy was approached by one of Her Majesty’s Equerries who enquired if she could have a particular
item of needlepoint, a bulldog straddling the world (the world was padded out which gave it a 3d effect).
He explained that he had promised that particular item to his sister Mabel but that Her Majesty could have any of the other items. The Queen
did take another needlepoint and a few days later Percy received a tin of tobacco, £5 and a note from Her Majesty thanking him. In later years
on retelling this story his wife was horrified that he had refused The Queen her request, but he was adamant that he had promised it to Mabel.
Unfortunately he spent many years in and out of hospital enduring operations on his left leg which was eventually reduced to a stump. He was
fitted with an artificial leg from world renowned limb fitting and amputee rehabilitation Centre at Roehampton.
He married Dorothy (Doff) Minnie Stoneham on December 25 1919 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Kensington and on their marriage certificate it
states his occupation as a "Soldier”. They had three children, Terry, Ida and Phil. The family lived mostly in Fulham, London in what was
locally known as the War Seal Mansions (Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions built specifically for injured WW1 ex-servicemen and their families – still
standing in the same location today).
In the early 1970s, following Doff’s death in 1964, Percy moved to Hatfield, Hertfordshire (assisted by the wonderful staff from BLESMA and the
British Legion) to be closer to Ida and Terry who both lived there. Percy died in February 1981 aged 92,
just a few hours after his son, Terry, who died of a heart attack on the same day. Ida still lives in Hatfield and Phil married an Australian
in 1969 and moved to Brisbane where he lives with his family.