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St Katharine Cree

86 Leadenhall St, London  EC3A 3BP

Now known as the Guild Church to Finance, Commerce and Industry, the present building dates from 1630, although the tower dates from 1504 and was part of the previous church on the site, which itself originally formed part of the mediaeval Priory of the Holy Trinity (1108).
The church is Grade I listed, having survived the Great Fire of 1666, the Second World War (with some damage to the roof) and the Baltic Exchange bomb of 1992, which blew out the central part of the 17th-century east window.
It is the Ward Church of Aldgate Ward, the shipping and insurance ward of the City, and the churchyard is surrounded by offices and flats.  The organ, restored in 2003 is an instrument of outstanding quality, having some 17th-century pipes by ‘Father’ Smith and good 19th-century additions. The original instrument was played by Purcell and Handel.


How to get to the venue

The nearest tube station to the church is Aldgate (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines), although Bank station is only a 10 minute walk in the other direction. There is also bus 25 that runs from the Bank end of Cornhill and stops outside the church. Entrances to the church are on Leadenhall Street and Creechurch Lane, both of which have three steps and neither of which are ramp-equipped, although the Leadenhall Street entrance is possibly easier to negotiate with assistance.

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