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All Hallows Staining
Photo of the remaining tower of the Church
Photo of the remaining tower of the Church

Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic, Anglican

All Hallows Staining was a Church of England church located at the junction of Fenchurch Avenue and Billiter Street in the north-eastern corner of Langbourn ward in the City of London, close to Fenchurch Street railway station[1]. All that remains of the church is the tower, built around 1320 AD as part of the second church on the site.



The first mention of the church was in the late 12th century[2]. It was named "Staining", which means stone, to distinguish it from the other churches of All Hallows in the City of London, which were wooden[3].

The old church survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 but collapsed five years later in 1671. It was thought its foundations had been weakened by too many burials in the churchyard close to the church walls. The church was rebuilt in 1674.

Etching, drawn 1922

The parishes of All Hallows Staining and nearby St Olave Hart Street were combined in 1870[4]. At that time All Hallows Staining was demolished, leaving only the tower[5].

St Olave Hart Street was badly damaged by bombs in 1941, during the Second World War. Between 1948 and 1954, when the restored St Olave's was reopened, a prefabricated church stood on the site of All Hallows Staining. This was known as St Olave Mark Lane. The tower of All Hallows Staining was used as the chancel of the temporary church.

The tower of All Hallows Staining is maintained by the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, one of the livery companies of the City of London. In 1957 the Clothworkers' Company built a church hall for St Olave Hart Street on the site of All Hallows Staining. The old tower now stands at the back of a small courtyard next to the new hall; and the remains of the church were designated a Grade I listed building on 4 January 1950.[6]

The remains of 'Lambe's Chapel Crypt', lies under the adjacent yard. It was moved from the site of Lambe's Chapel in Monkswell Street and rebuilt here in the mid–12th century. It was said to have formed part of the 'Hermitage of St James on the Wall'. These remains were designated Grade II at the same time as the main tower.[7][8] William Lambe became a master of the Clothworkers.

See also


  1. ^ G.Huelin. Vanished Churches of the City of London. Guildhall Library Publication, London, 1996. ISBN 0900422424
  2. ^ N.Pevsner, and S.Bradley. London:the City Churches. Yale, 1998. ISBN 0300096550
  3. ^ The Visitors Guide to the City of London Churches" Tucker,T: London, Friends of the City Churches, 2006 ISBN 0955394503
  4. ^ John Betjeman. The City of London Churches. Pikin, Andover, 1967. ISBN 0853721122
  5. ^ "London:the City Churches"Pevsner,N/Bradley,S : New Haven, Yale, 1998 ISBN 0300096550
  6. ^ Images of England — details from listed building database (199616) accessed 23 January 2009
  7. ^ Images of England — details from listed building database (199617) accessed 24 January 2009
  8. ^ "At the North Corner of this Street, on the same side, was sometime an Hermitage or Chappel of St. James, called In the Wall, near Cripplegate. It belonged to the Abbey and Covent of Garadon, as appeareth by a Record, the Seven and twentieth of Edward I. And also by a Record the 16 of Edward III. William de Lions was Hermit there; and the Abbot and Covent of Geredon found two Chaplains, Cestercian Monks of their House, in this Hermitage: one of them for Aymor de Valence, Earl of Pembrook; and Mary de Saint Paul, his Countess.
    Of these Monks, and of a Well pertaining to them, the Street took that Name, and is called Monks Well street. This Hermitage, with the Appurtenances, was in the Reign of Edward VI. purchased from the said King, by William Lambe, one of the Gentlemen of the King's Chappel, Citizen and Clothworker of London. He deceased in the Year 1577. and then gave it to the Clothworkers of London; with other Tenements, to the value of Fifty Pounds the Year; to the intent they shall hire a Minister to say Divine Service there." from Faringdon Ward within. [St. Nicolas.] John Strype A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster Book 3, Chapt. 8 {London, 1720)

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Coordinates: 51°30′41.68″N 0°4′49.76″W / 51.5115778°N 0.0804889°W / 51.5115778; -0.0804889



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