St Katharine Cree

A rare example of a church (built 1628-30) constructed during the reign of Charles I, this church escaped the Great Fire. Restored in 1879 and 1962 it retains much of its 17th century character. Violence was done to the interior by the construction of plasterboard offices in the North and South aisles in the 1962 restoration, but these are currently being removed. “Cree” in the title derives from “Christchurch”, the 12th century Augustinian priory in whose grounds it was built. It became a parish church in 1414. The 17th century church was under the patronage of Bishop Laud and was consecrated by him. The City’s attempt at a Renaissance (1628-31) building. The outside walls appear Tudor , but with Classic Porch and trimmings. the interior is similarly hybrid with classical columns supporting Renaissance arches but with Tudor clerestory. The organ was played on by Handel and Purcell.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-4pm. Friends’ Watchers present from 11am to 3pm  on Tuesdays.

Usually open during London Open House weekend.

Nearest stations: Aldgate and London Fenchurch.


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