City of London

The Dutch Church, City of London

The Dutch Church sits within Broad Street Ward, one of those odd semi-independent wards in the City of London. It began life way back in the early medieval period as a Monastic foundation but nothing remains from that period.

Edward VI gave Protestant refugees from the Netherlands permission to establish a parish here in 1550. As such this is the oldest Dutch-language Protestant church in the world.

In 1940 the Blitz destroyed the church entirely. In 1950 Arthur Bailey designed the new building which has replaced it, being rather austere but still sufficiently church-like.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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