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St. Mary Woolnoth Church, London

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#130 of 265 in Historic Sites in London
St. Mary Woolnoth is an Anglican church in the City of London, located on the corner of Lombard Street and King William Street near Bank junction. The present building is one of the Queen Anne Churches, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor.The parish church continues to be actively used for services, with Holy Communion every Tuesday.St Mary Woolnoth lies in the ward of Langbourn.HistoryEarly historyThe church's site has been used for worship for at least 2,000 years; traces of Roman and pagan religious buildings have been discovered under the foundations of the present church, along with the remains of an Anglo-Saxon wooden structure. Its name is first recorded in 1191 as Wilnotmaricherche. It is believed that the name "Woolnoth" refers to a benefactor, possibly one Wulnoth de Walebrok who is known to have lived in the area earlier in the 12th century. Its full (and unusual) dedication is to Saint Mary of the Nativity.The present building is at least the third church on the site. The Norman church survived until 1445, when it was rebuilt, with a spire added in 1485. It was badly damaged in 1666 in the Great Fire of London but was repaired by Sir Christopher Wren. Two new bells (the treble and the tenor) were cast in 1670, and in 1672 the middle bell was cast. The patched-up structure proved unsafe, however, and had to be demolished in 1711.
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  • Came across this whilst on a bus tour and the ornately gilded gates is what attracted me mostly to this building. The coat of arms of the Diocese of London I later found out is what is represented...  more »
  • I must have walked past this church many times, as have many City workers rushing backwards and forwards, especially to the entrance of Bank Station in front of it. Opened in 1727, the church was...  more »
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  • The building where John Newton preached amazing grace and where he encouraged the young William Wilberforce.
  • Great little church historic little pads for your knees. A coffee shop as you enter. Very close to bank station. Beautiful details on the wall. 2 column pews and about 7 rows deep to sit and worship.

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