City of London

St. Peter-at-Cornhill, City of London

This church is today, as it was when Wren built it, almost entirely obscured by shops and other buildings. This was not at all unusual and Wren often only added details around the top of his churches – hence such a variation of spires and towers.

St Peter was given a small copper dome with a small “spirelet” surmounting it. The rest of the church is very much box-like from the outside. The interiors have been heavily Victorianised with dark pews and panelling and stained glass added to all the windows. Some attempts have been made in recent years to “lighten” the church – as Wren’s designs almost never contained stained glass – but it still remains quite a dark and dingy church compared to many of its contemporaries.

This is the "St Peters" in the Oranges and Lemons Rhyme.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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