An occasional saunter through the churches of the Square Mile                                
        An occasional saunter through the churches of the Square Mile

                                 
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          St Peter upon Cornhill                                          
          better the devil you know                                    
         
An early foundation, probably a Saxon church set in the former forum of the Roman Londinium. The medieval church was larger than today's, an important church with charitable foundations including a library and a school by the 15th Century. As Wayland Young observes, chantries were many and rich. All were dispersed at the Reformation. The church was destroyed in the Great Fire, and rebuilt by Wren in the early 1680s. This is a church worth viewing from different aspects. From Cornhill it is a reminder of what many City churches were once like, with buildings crowding all around and shopfronts flanking the porch. Everybody loves the devil perched on an adjacent gable. The story goes that the owner was forced to pull down an earlier building because he had unwittingly encroached on church land. From Gracechurch Street the tower and spire can be seen, while from the south the aspect is much more intimate across a small garden.

St Peter used to be more accessible, but these days it is part of the St Helen's Bishopgate empire, and used for meetings and special events.

Simon Knott, December 2015


location: Cornhill 3/057
status: part of the St Helen Bishopsgate empire
access: never open

St Peter upon Cornhill St Peter upon Cornhill St Peter upon Cornhill St Peter upon Cornhill St Peter upon Cornhill Mr Henry Parry Mr Thomas Atkinson

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An occasional saunter through the churches of the Square Mile
                               
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