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 William Augustus Newark First, Twentieth Battalion, The London Regiment
Private Newark was treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley, Southampton.
William Augustus Newark was 34 years old and had been married for 11 years with an 18 month old son when he signed up as a Private in the 20th
London Regiment on 11 December 1915. On call up he was deployed to Belgium where he was part of the Flanders Offensive in May 1916. During the
week long Battle of Messines (7 - 14 June 1916) he was hit by enemy fire and was left for dead. By nothing short of a miracle, he was found
after several days barely alive with several gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen. He was eventually transported back to the UK on the HMS
St David in June 1917 and was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley, Southampton. On 22 November 1917, he was operated on to remove
ribs which were shattered by bullets and also to remove as much shrapnel as possible. He spent over a year in the hospital recuperating and was
frequently visited by his wife Florrie and son Norman. He was eventually discharged on 20 December 1918. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the
Victory and British Medals.
One of his needlepoint pictures, an intricate depiction of a flower garden, which he completed during his time at Netley, is in the family’s
After his recuperation he returned to the bookbinding business he ran with his father which he was still running from 2 Clerkenwell Green at
the age of 76. He is believed to have hand-made the leather bound bible used by Queen Elizabeth during the opening ceremonies of the 1956
Festival of Britain. He died in 1967 aged 86 years at his home in Beckenham.