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St Paul's Cathedral Churchyard

St Paul's Cathedral Conservation Area [No. 5]

St Paul's Cathedral and the surrounding area which, in part, approximates to the medieval cathedral precincts. The area provides an important setting for the Cathedral characterised by an abundance of open space, trees and planting.

The St Paul's Cathedral Conservation Area SPD (3MB) was adopted on 22 March 2013. This document analyses the significance of the conservation area and sets out relevant policies for its preservation and enhancement.

Use the 'Conservation' tab on the City of London interactive map to view the conservation area boundary.

History and character summary

  •  Of international significance, a focal point for the City of London, part of a major processional route and a focus of national celebration
  • Setting of St Paul's Cathedral, a building of international architectural and cultural significance, one of England's most important classical buildings and a seminal building in the history of English architecture
  • An area where the urban grain varies from tightly-knit historic streets and alleys to the open spaces around St Paul's
  • An area associated with nationally significant cultural and historic events and notable people, including the burial places of numerous historic figures.

Ludgate Hill Conservation Area Character Summary 

St Paul's Cathedral Conservation Area was designated on 14 June 2007 to include the former Ludgate Hill Conservation Area. The adopted SPD supersedes the Ludgate Hill Conservation Area Character Summary (4MB).

18 April 2012
Last Modified:
05 June 2019