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St. Stephen Walbrook, London

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St Stephen Walbrook is a church in the City of London, part of the Church of England's Diocese of London. The present domed building was erected to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren following the destruction of its medieval predecessor in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is located in Walbrook, next to the Mansion House, and near to Bank and Monument Underground stations.Early historyThe original church of St Stephen stood on the west side of the Walbrook, a stream running southwards across the City of London from the City Wall near Moorfields to the Thames.The church was moved to its present site, on the east side of the Walbrook (later concealed in a culvert), in the 15th century. In 1429 Robert Chichely, acting as executor of will of the former Lord Mayor, Sir William Stondon, bought a piece of land on the east side of the Walbrook, and presented it to the parish. Several foundation stones were laid at a ceremony on 11 May 1429, and the church was consecrated ten years later, on 30 April 1439. At 125ft long and 67ft wide, it was considerably larger than the present building.The church was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It contained a memorial to the composer John Dunstaple. The wording of the epitaph had been recorded in the early 17th century, and was reinstated in the church in 1904, some 450 years after his death. The nearby church of St Benet Sherehog, also destroyed in the Great Fire, was not rebuilt; instead its parish was united with that of St Stephen.
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  • This church is very near to Mansion house. It was closed when we went to visit this. So we could see only a small garden in its back yard. A church official was there who informed us about the rich he...  more »
  • Another of the City of London's gems and a deceptive one at that, seemingly small from the outside but a huge interior, filled with so many wonderful features. This is not only one of Wren's best chur...  more »
  • You certainly cannot judge a book by its covers. Outside it looks like not bothering to open the door, but if you persevere you will be rewarded by a truly remarkable building. The quality of light is...  more »
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  • Although WW2 & the Victorian's have caused major changes to this church some remnants from the past remain on the walls you can see all the churchwardens from the 17c. Plus an impressive baptismal font.
  • July 2004, the time of my life I was completely gobsmacked by this church's outstanding acoustics while listening, in two different days, to lunch time organ recitals - which were then part of a celebration of sorts during that month where visiting organists would play during that time of day - for free! Listening to that which is any church organist's epitome: Mozart's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" has definitely never been such an epiphanic experience as this one in St. Stephen's Walbrook!
  • An indifferent exterior belies an elegant, understated and becalmed interior. Here you will find one of the most beautiful formal spaces in all London. Wondrous and uplifting. Now what are you waiting for ?
  • Beautiful design by Wren. The volume of the space, the symmetry, the divine proportions, all create a sense of wonder.
  • Beautiful church designed by Wren. Hard not to look up at the magnificent dome. Lovely place for some quiet contemplation.

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