St Lawrence Jewry
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St Lawrence Jewry information
To look at the Corporation of London’s well-preserved official church, you’d barely realise that it was almost completely destroyed during WWII bombing. Instead it does Sir Christopher Wren, who built it in 1677, and its subsequent restorers, proud with its immaculate alabaster walls and gilt trimmings.
The arms of the City of London can be seen on the north wall and the Commonwealth Chapel is bedecked with the flags of member nations. Free piano recitals are held each Monday at 1pm; organ recitals at the same time on Tuesday.
The first part of the church's name refers to a 3rd-centurty Christian martyr executed on a sizzling gridiron (see a copy of same atop the spire). As the second part suggests this was once part of the Jewish quarter – the centre being Old Jewry, the street to the southeast. The Jews were expelled from England by Edward I in 1290 and did not return until the late 17th century.