Churches in London before the Fire

Churches in London before the fire. Of the 97 parish churches within the walls at the time of the Great fire in 1666, 84 were burnt down, and 13 unburnt; 53 were rebuilt, and 34 united to other parishes. 61 of the 97 parish churches had parsonage-houses. The 24 churches burnt in to Fire of London, and not rebuilt, were :-

Allhallows, Honey-lane … Cheap.

Allhallows the Less … Dowgate

St. Andrew Hubbard … Billingsgate

St. Ann’s, Blackfriars … Farringdon Within.

St. Benet Sherehog … Cheap.

St. Botolph’s, Billingsgate … Billingsgate

St. Faith’s-under-St. Paul’s … Farringdon Within.
St. Gabriel Fenchurch … Langbourne.

St. Gregory’s-by-St. Paul’s … Castle Baynard.

St. John-the-Baptist-upon-Walbrook … Walbrook.

St. John the Evangelist … Bread-street

St. John Zachary … Aldersgate

St. Lawrence Poultney … Candlewick.

St. Leonard’s, Eastcheap … Bridge Within.

St. Leonard’s, Foster-lane … Aldersgate.

St. Margaret Moses … Bread-street.

St. Margaret’s, New Fish-street … Bridge Within.

St. Martin Pomeroy … Cheap.

St. Martin Orgars … Candlewick.

St. Martin Vintry … Vintry.

St. Mary Bothaw … Walbrook.

St. Mary Colechurch … Cheap.

St. Mary Magdalen, Milk-street … Cripplegate.

St. Mary Mounthaw … Queenhithe.

St. Mary Staining … Aldersgate.

St. Mary Woolchurch … Walbrook.

St. Michael-le-Quern … Farringdon Within.

St. Nicholas Acon … Langbourne.

St. Nicholas Olave … Queenhithe.

St. Olave, Silver-street … Aldersgate.

St. Pancras, Soper-lane … Cheap.

St. Peter’s-at-the-Cross-in-Cheap. … Cheap.

St. Peter’s, Paul’s-wharf … Queenhithe.

St. Thomas the Apostle … Vintry.

Pepys has an odd observation on the subject of the London churches destroyed in the Great fire :- “It is observed and is true in the late Fire of London,” he says,” that the fire burned just as many parish churches as there were hours from the beginning to the end of the Fire; and next, that there were as many churches left standing in the rest of the city that was not burned, being, I think, thirteen in all of each; which is pretty to observe.”

Source: A Handbook for London, Past and Present. Peter Cunningham. Published by John Murray 1849.

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