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St. Katherine Coleman
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Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic, Anglican

St Katherine Coleman[1] [2], known earlier as "All Hallows Coleman-church"[3], was an historic church[4] in the City of London, situated in Magpie Alley[5](on the south side of Fenchurch Street) in Aldgate Ward that narrowly escaped the Great Fire of London, and was extensively rebuilt in 1741[6]. Erected “at the expence of the parish”[7] to a “vernacular palladian” design by James Horne[8], it was never regarded as one of the more spectacular City churches[9] and was designated for amalgamation under the Union of Benefices Act 1860[10] , but soldiered on[11] until 1926[12].The final service was held on November 20, a joyous occasion (as reported in the City Press[13]) after which it was quickly demolished. Pevsner found a pair of 18th Century gates that had belonged to the churchyard in nearby St Katherine’s Row[14].Money raised by the sale was used to erect a new church in Fulham[15].

After the clearance of the graveyard, the burials were re-inhumed at City of London Cemetery.


  1. ^ dedicated to the virgin of Alexandria
  2. ^ It was additionally Coleman from a garden called Colemanhaw- A Survey of London, Vol I Stow,J p446 : Originally 1598- this edn,London, A.Fullarton & Co,1890
  3. ^ “London city churches” Cobb,G: London, B T Batsford Ltd., 1977
  4. ^ Its south aisle was rebuilt in 1489- “The Churches of the City of London” Reynolds,H.: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  5. ^ British History On-line
  6. ^ “The London City Churches”, Norman,P.: London, The London Society, 1929
  7. ^ Church of England, Diocese of London. - Files of parish deeds, papers and related documents, including consecration(Files 40-7, 1750. - M0002765CL) cited in “City of London Parish Registers Guide 4” Hallows,A.(Ed): London, Guildhall Library Research, 1974 ISBN 0900422300
  8. ^ Example of his work
  9. ^ “Vanished churches of the City of London” Huelin, G.: London, Guildhall Library Publishing 1996ISBN 0900422424
  10. ^ “Proposed Union of the benefice of Allhallows Staining with that of St. Katherine Coleman, in the City of London, etc”. Innes, J.: London,B.Pardon,1868
  11. ^ Deteriorating state of infrastructure- “Notes on Old City Churches: their organs, organists and musical associations” Pearce,C.W.: London, Winthrop Rogers Ltd, 1909
  12. ^ “New annals of St. Olave Hart Street, with All Hallows Staining and St. Katherine Coleman” Powell Miller,A.:London,Parrett &Neues,1954
  13. ^ 26th November 1926
  14. ^ "London:the City Churches” Pevsner,N/Bradley,S New Haven, Yale, 1998 ISBN 0300096550
  15. ^ Church Bells Enthusiast

Coordinates: 51°30′42″N 0°04′44″W / 51.51167°N 0.07881°W / 51.51167; -0.07881



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