St. Michael Paternoster Royal Church

St. Michael Paternoster Royal Church

St. Michael Paternoster Royal Church
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Church designed by Christopher Wren.
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Cannon St • 2 min walk
  • Mansion House • 3 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
St. Michael Paternoster Royal Church is a church in central London. The history of the dates back to 13th century, although the church had be rebuilt a number of time due to the Great Fire, financial difficulties and during the Blitz. The current building only dates back to 1968 and rededicated to Mission to Seafarer.

The stained glass instead are very pretty with a modern design with references to Christianity and Dick Whittington, the fabled Lord Mayor of London, who buried within the precincts of the church, although the location of the tomb unknown.
Written June 12, 2019
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TheMrsNatG
London, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
Down the hill from Cannon Street station this is "Dick Whittington's church" (he and his cat are immortalized in a stained glass window). The church has been restored by Whittington himself, by Wren after the Great Fire and again after WWII. A stunning church with a pleasant garden close by.
Written October 1, 2014
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC1,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
This is a beautiful classic dating back to the 13th century. It was the parish church of Dick Whittington who was Lord Mayor of London and is famous in folklore with his cat. They are depicted in one of the stained glass windows. This is also the spiritual home of The Mission to Seafarers and there is a memorial to submariners within the church. A flying bomb in WWII took a toll on this church but it was rebuilt and is worth a trip. The stained glass windows are modern from 1968 but magnificent none the less. Dick Whittington's body was buried under the alter, dug up during the reign of Edward VI by those looking for treasure that was not there, and returned during the reign of Mary I. In 1949 historians tried to dig it up and all they found was a mummified cat! There is a plaque in the church marking his resting place. I learned that Paternoster is the medieval name for the rosary. Rosaries were made and sold on Paternoster Street nearby. The nearest tube station is Cannon Street, so check this one out! You will be amazed!
Written April 16, 2014
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Hugh D B
Cobham, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
A beautiful service with choirs from Lloyd’s and a primary School from Teesside. Princess Anne read a lesson and socialised afterwards at the Skinner’s’ Hall.
Written December 26, 2019
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK7,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
St Michael Paternoster Royal church’s original building (dating from the 13th century) was destroyed in the Great Fire of London (in 1666). The church was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, but then was severely damaged in 1944 by a V1 flying bomb. The current restoration dates from 1968.

In 1423 Dick Whittington (as in the Lord Mayor of London) was buried here, but location of the tomb is no-longer known.

In front of the church is a delightful little square complete with seating and fountain; inside the church is quite tradition.

This church is the home of The Mission to Seafarers
Written April 26, 2016
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK22,682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
We were touring the Gardens of The City with some friends and started at the Whittington Garden near to Cannon Street station. When we read that Dick Whittington was originally buried in the Church we naturally had to visit. The church has suffered a chequered history, destroyed in the Great Fire and rebuilt, badly damaged in the Blitz, but is now resplendent having been restored in the mid 1960's and includes some new stained glass windows of that period with one panel that shows Dick Whittington and his Cat. Now the building houses the Headquarters of the Mission to Seafarers, an organisation that we particularly appreciate given our home in Portsmouth. Well worth a visit.
Written July 4, 2014
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futtock21
London, UK16,476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
Otherwise known as ‘Dick’ Whittington the thrice Mayor of London is said to be buried within the precincts of this church. He is commemorated by a blue wall plaque. Although it looks much older the present building housing St. Michael Paternoster dates from 1966-68 its predecessor having been largely destroyed in the Blitz, whilst the first church on this site dating from 1219 did not survive the Great Fire of 1666. It takes its name from a street named Paternoster Hill named after the traders who sold paternosters or rosaries. The suffix royal is 14th century in origin named after another nearby street called Le Ryole, itself a corruption of Le Reole a town in SW France. In 1968 it was reopened as a mission to seamen. It has three striking contemporary stained glass windows designed by John Hayward.
Written May 25, 2021
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,929 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
It's hard to judge something from its outward appearance, but I had very little information to go on as I only saw it from a bus tour.
Written March 19, 2020
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Colin E
242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Church open, no one around. I was immediately struck by the four impressive stained glass windows.
Impressive altar and organ.
Basic pews, movable with a bit of effort, lightly varnished.
Tiled floor. Well looked after.
Church for the Mission to Seafarers.
Written October 8, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
The original building recorded as 1219 was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and badly damaged during the London Blitz in WWII. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, the present building was restored between 1966-1968. The interior has three stained glass windows by John Hayward including one of Dick Whittington with his cat. There is also a memorial tablet to Whittington indicating where the site of his tomb was. This church is also the chapel and headquarters of the Missions to Seamen.
Written June 11, 2017
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