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St Helen Bishopsgate

​St Helens Bishopsgate

St Helens Bishopsgate is described as the 'Westminster Abbey of the City', and is a Grade I listed building located at the centre of London's financial district and is home to a living Christian community. 

The Church survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Bishopsgate fire of 1765 and the destruction of the First and Second World Wars, only to fall victim to the bombs of terrorists in 1992 and 1993 where it sustained extensive damage and underwent a complete restoration.

The church is very different from its 'pre-bomb' design with the floor now all on one level, which has previously been lowered in the late nineteenth century.

This was not the first re-ordering of the church.  Structural alterations have been made though the centuries since its foundation and there could never be a return to one original, historic state.

The 1994 restoration, however, provided an opportunity to re-order a number of nineteenth century interventions.  The architect responsible, Quinlan Terry, was careful to preserve the significant elements of such a historic building.  He was also influenced by the needs of its ministry and congregations.

The result is that today, St Helen's is coherent, comfortable and in a good state of repair.

Quite interestingly the remains of St Helen's churchyard are now laid to rest here in the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium.

 

Published:
23 May 2012
Last Modified:
29 September 2017

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