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St Michael-le-Querne
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Country United Kingdom
Denomination Anglican, originally Roman Catholic

St Michael-le-Querne was a church in the City of London.



Its dedication derives from an 11th century reference to it being near a place “where corn is sold" [1] . Rebuilt in 1430[2], and beautified in 1617[3], the parish officers were re-appointed for the last time in July 1666[4].


The Mortality Bill for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk’s Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London.[5] By September 6 the city lay in ruins, 86 churches having been destroyed.[6] In 1670 a Rebuilding Act was passed and a committee set up under the stewardship of Sir Christopher Wren to decide which would be rebuilt.[7] Fifty-one were chosen, but St Michael-le-Querne immediately to the north east of Paternoster Row [8] in Farringdon Within Ward was one of the unlucky minority never to be rebuilt.[9] Following the fire it was united to St Vedast Foster Lane and partial records still survive at IGI.[10].


Parish boundary mark[11]
  1. ^ "A Dictionary of London" Harben,H: London, Herbert Jenkins, 1918
  2. ^ Huelin, G, “Vanished Churches of the City of London”, London,Guildhall Library Publications, 1996ISBN 0900422424
  3. ^ ”Vanished Churches of the City of London” Huelin,G London Guildhall Library Publishing 1996 ISBN 0900422424
  4. ^ Church of England. Parish of St. Michael le Querne. Vestry and parish officers- Churchwardens' accounts. Ms 02895 cited in “City of London Parish Registers Guide 4” Hallows,A.(Ed) - London, Guildhall Library Research, 1974 ISBN 0900422300
  5. ^ "The ancient office of Parish Clerk and the Parish Clerks Company of London" Clark, O :London, Journal of the Ecclesiastical Law Society Vol 8, January 2006 ISSN: 0956-618X
  6. ^ The "Churches of the City of London" Reynolds,H: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  7. ^ "Wren" Whinney,M London Thames & Hudson, 1971 ISBN 0500201129
  8. ^ “Notes on Old City Churches: their organs, organists and musical associations” Pearce,C.W.: London, Winthrop Rogers Ltd, 1909
  9. ^ "The City of London Churches" Betjeman, J. Andover, Pitkin, 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0853725659
  10. ^ Genealogical Web-Site
  11. ^ On wall of St Paul's Choir School

51°30′46″N 0°5′51″W / 51.51278°N 0.0975°W / 51.51278; -0.0975Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°5′51″W / 51.51278°N 0.0975°W / 51.51278; -0.0975

Further reading

"Inigo Jones and the church of St. Michael le Querne" Colvin, H. M. The London journal vol.12 no.1, summer 1986, p. 36-39



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