City of London

St. Lawrence Jewry, City of London

This is the Church of the Guilds of London and stands right next to the London Guildhall. As such it was always rather more grandiose than many of the City Churches and Wren, a Guildsman himself, responded to this in the post-Great Fire rebuild by creating the most municipal of his City works.

The interiors are equally grand, in that sparse Georgian way, and have been kept quite sympathetic despite some Victorian renovation work. The City of London Coat of Arms stands above the font, marking out this church’s continuing role as the Corporation of London’s home church.

Although once hemmed in by other buildings, World War II destroyed many of them – and did some damage to the church – allowing a much better view of the Church today than when Wren worked on it.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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