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4 March 2011

Visit St Lawrence Jewry

Latterly one of Wren's churches, St Lawrence Jewry was originally built in the 12th Century, and got its interesting name as it was close to the Medieval Jewish Ghetto, centred two streets to the East on what is now Old Jewry until their expulsion by Edward I.

Like a lot of City churches, not only was it destroyed in the Great Fire of London, it also suffered damage during the Second World War. It wasn't until 1957 that it was fully restored, in a way sympathetic to Wren's original design, probably because it had been designated a Grade I listed structure in 1950.

It's a pretty little church, right outside the Guildhall, and another interesting feature is the attractive little pond garden in front of the church, although this is probably best seen in summer.

Alongside morning prayers and other services, St Lawrence Jewry also hosts frequent piano and organ recitals. For more information, see http://www.stlawrencejewry.org.uk/

1 comment:

  1. I had always wondered where that name came from; thanks for clearing it up.
    Your first sentence confused me because I thought you were saying Wren built the church in the 12th c.!
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