London Churches: St Mary Abchurch

Posted: February 25, 2016 in London, UK


St Mary Abchurch
Photo by Ben Rimmer (

Despite its location just off of the main thoroughfare of Cannon Street in the City of London, Abchurch yard and its church, St Mary are a quiet oasis of peace.


There has been a church on this site since the 12th century, but the medieval church was burnt down during the great fire of London in 1666. Building of the new church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was commenced in 1681.

Reredos by Grinling Gibbons

Reredos by Grinling Gibbons

Its major feature is the reredos carved by Grinling Gibbons and this is one of a number of ornately carved features in the church.






The central dome features a magnificent painted mural depicting the heavens. It is by William Snow and was added in 1708



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