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St Mary Abchurch

When Wren rebuilt this 12th century church in 1681-86, he employed some of the greatest craftsmen of his age.

City of London, Greater London

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 11am to 3pm.


Abchurch Lane
City of London
Greater London

Grinling Gibbons carved the huge limewood reredos, the only piece in the city certainly documented as being by him.

A bomb blast in World War II shattered it into two thousand pieces but it was carefully restored to the original state between 1948 and 1953 when the pieces were meticulously reassembled.

William Snow, a parishioner, painted the breathtaking wide and shallow dome in 1708. The dome, which cannot be seen externally, is supported on eight arches above four plain brick walls, making the interior seem spacious and light.

The woodwork in the interior is the best surviving complete set, with the pulpit and tester, doorcases and west gallery being particularly fine.

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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