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St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe
Exterior photo of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe
Exterior photo of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe

Country England
Denomination Church of England
Architecture
Architect(s) Sir Christopher Wren
Style Baroque

St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe[1] is a Church of England church located on Queen Victoria Street, London in the City of London, near Blackfriars station.

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History

First mentioned around 1170[2], St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe was almost certainly founded considerably earlier. During the 13th century the church was a part of Baynard's Castle, an ancient royal residence. In 1361, Edward III moved his Royal Wardrobe (a storehouse for Royal accoutrements, housing arms and clothing among other personal items of the Crown) from the Tower of London to just north of the church. It was from this association that the church acquired its unique name.

The Wardrobe and the church, however, were both lost in the Great Fire of London in 1666.[3] Of the 51 churches designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire, St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe is among the simplest of his designs; it was rebuilt in 1695.

The church was again destroyed during the London blitz by German bombing; only the tower and walls survived. It was rebuilt and rededicated in 1961.

Building

St. Andrew's is situated on a terrace overlooking the street, its plain red-brick exterior contrasting with the stone buildings on either side. The interior is aisled, with arcaded bays supported by piers rather than the usual columns.[4] The original interior fittings were mostly destroyed during the war, and many of the church's features were procured from other destroyed London churches. The weathervane on the steeple comes from St Michael Bassishaw (which was demolished in 1900). A replacement pulpit came from the church of St Matthew, Friday Street. The font and cover also came from here. There is a figure of St Andrew, dated around 1600, which stands on the north side of the sanctuary and an unusual figure of St Ann who is shown holding the Virgin Mary who in turn holds the Christ child. This statue, which is probably north Italian, dates to around 1500.

St. Andrew's can boast of one of its former parishioners, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was a member of this parish for about fifteen years while he was working at the Blackfriars Theatre nearby, and later he bought a house within the parish, in Ireland Yard. In his honour, a memorial was erected in the church.[5]

Regular Sunday services are conducted there by the St. Gregorios congregation of the Indian Orthodox Church.[6]

The church was designated a Grade I listed building on January 4, 1950.[7]

Notes

St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe Interior
  1. ^ Prior to the King's wardrobe moving to the adjacent area it was known as St Andrew by Castle Baynard- "The Churches of the City of London" Reynolds H.: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  2. ^ "London:the City Churches Pevsner,N/Bradley,S : New Haven, Yale, 1998 ISBN 0300096550
  3. ^ "The Old Churches of London" Cobb,G: London, Batsford, 1942
  4. ^ "The City of London Churches" Betjeman,J Andover, Pikin, 1967 ISBN 0853721122
  5. ^ The Visitors Guide to the City of London Churches" Tucker,T: London, Friends of the City Churches, 2006 ISBN 0955394503
  6. ^ Church website accessed 29 October 2009
  7. ^ Images of England — details from listed building database (199712) accessed 23 January 2009

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Coordinates: 51°30′44.44″N 0°6′4.89″W / 51.5123444°N 0.1013583°W / 51.5123444; -0.1013583








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