St Peter-upon-Cornhill



St Peter’s can be located in the City of London on the corner of Cornhill and Gracechurch Street. It is located on the highest point in the City of London. It has been a place of worship since the Roman Era. It was founded in 179 A.D when Lucius, First King of Britain established it as the first church in London and the chief church of his kingdom.

The building was just a few hundred yards away from where the Great Fire of London started and was therefore destroyed. The site was restored by Sir Christopher Wren. Unlike many of Wren’s buildings, St Peter’s is shorter than the old medieval church. The Wren church survives today. The interior contains several original door cases, a large pulpit with a richly carved tester, and an impressive wooden chancel thought to have been designed by Wren and his daughter.

St Peter’s is located on a tight site and the eastern end of the site was given up to help widen the surrounding streets.

In 1991 St Peters-upon-Cornhill became the home of the Cornhill Training Course, which offers training in biblical teaching. Now the building is used extensively throughout the week for many people of all ages and from all over the world.

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