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 Walter Smith 42nd Battalion, The Australian Imperial Force
Born in Grantham, Queensland, Walter was working as a labourer when he joined the 42nd Battalion in January 1916, leaving for France a few
months later. The privations of the trenches took their toll on Walter and he was admitted to hospital with pleurisy and flu in 1917. He
was wounded in April 1918, but remained on duty. Unfortunately, he suffered serious bullet wounds in July 1918 and was evacuated to the
Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton where, as a consequence of his injuries, he had to have his left leg amputated. He was then
transferred to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Southall, where he contributed to the embroidery of the altar frontal.
Walter was well enough to return to Australia in March 1919 and married Harriet, the young English nurse who had cared for him in hospital,
on New Year’s Day 1920. Walter and Harriet spent many happy years as a family with their children in Queensland.