City of London

City Temple, Holborn, City of London

Sitting on the very western edge of the City of London, the City Temple has a history more venerable than its post-War appearance might suggest. It has its roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century. There may have been a church here as early as 1560, but there was certainly a building here by 1640. It was founded by the Puritans – unusually – who, as Non-Conformists, challenged the Church of England in the late Tudor/early Stuart period.

Of this building, there is no trace, but all was rebuilt in its present spot in 1874 when the Holborn Viaduct was put in to alleviate the traffic problems leaving the City. Alas World War II saw that building destroyed as well and the reconstruction was not completed until 1958 to the 1874 plans.

It is, today, the only “free” church in the City of London (i.e. not tied to one of the major church organisations) and regularly overflows its 900-seat capacity.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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