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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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  • We stopped off on an in impulse walking from the Mithraeum to the Guildhall and we so glad we took the time. A superb example of Sir Christopher Wren's work we spent an enjoyable 20 minutes walking ro...  more »
  • St. Stephen church has a very long and interesting history: the original church was built in 700 AD on land given by one of the City Guild companies (Grocers'). Re-built by Wren in 1672, it was the pr...  more »
  • Turned up there with my two daughters in tow with a service about to start and we were made to feel very welcome. The church was built by Christopher Wren and is truly beautiful with lots of columns s...  more »
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  • The modest/small exterior of this building doesn't do it justice. This building is a true historical treasure. It also contains the first Samaritans suicide prevention phone. Here is a brief history of the first suicide prevention phone. Samaritans was started in 1953 in London by a young vicar named Chad Varah, then incumbent of St Stephen Walbrook. Through his work in a number of different parishes in the City he had seen the range and extent of the distress experienced by people everywhere, every day. During his career he had offered counselling to his parishioners, and he increasingly wanted to do something specific to help people in distress who had no one to turn to.
  • Regarding Art below: stations of the cross exhibition . This Easter season is the most important for a true believer in our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ , the depiction of a crucified star trooper from star wars on the cross is a mockery of the cross of Jesus Christ ,and quite alarming that your church council approved it?? .
  • 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.
  • 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 ?
  • 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!
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