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St Katherine Coleman Churchyard City of London

Summary

St Katherine Coleman Church existed here by 1346, rebuilt probably in the C15th and then replaced in 1739/40 by a new brick church, which was eventually demolished in 1926. There were extensive vaults accessed from the west of the church where graves were dug rather than coffins deposited therein. The former churchyard's stone gate piers and railings remain on St Katherine's Row, where there is a plaque recording the site of the church. The churchyard survives as a small public garden owned by Lloyd's Register of Shipping. It was re-landscaped as part of the new development by Richard Rogers for Lloyds' Register in 1996-2000, and is largely hard-surfaced with two mature trees, raised beds, seating and a fountain.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
St Catherine's Coleman

Site location:
St Katherine's Row/Fenchurch Street

Postcode:
EC3M 4BS ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
C14th; 18th; 1996-2000

Designer(s):
1996/2000: Richard Rogers Partnership (Edward Hutchison, landscape architect)

Listed structures:
LBII*: Lloyds Registry, 71 Fenchurch Street

Borough:
City of London

Site ownership:
Lloyd's Register of Shipping

Site management:
Lloyd's Register of Shipping

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am - 6pm Monday - Friday

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Fenchurch Street. Tube: Tower Hill (District, Circle); Aldgate (Metropolitan; Circle) then bus

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.lr.org

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ334810

Size in hectares:
0.0627

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Conservation Area name:
abuts Lloyds Avenue CA

Tree Preservation Order:
Yes

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

St Katherine Coleman Churchyard

St Katherine Coleman Churchyard and Lloyds Registry, May 2010. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

St Katherine Coleman Church was founded here by 1346; in c.1489 the then Lord Mayor of London William White either rebuilt the church or added the south aisle and in 1624 a new gallery was built. In 1734 the building was taken down, 'the surrounding ground having become so much raised as almost to bury the old church' (Godwin), and two Acts of Parliament enabled the parish to raise the necessary funds for a new church through annuities. Godwin in 1838 was most dismissive of the new brick church built in 1739/40 by James Horne, writing that 'It may be confidently stated that no parish in the metropolis would now allow such a piece of ugliness to be erected'. The C18th church was demolished in 1926, its last service having been held in 1921 and the proceeds of the sale enabled the building of St Katherine Westway; some of its monuments went to St Olave Hart Street (q.v.). The churchyard's stone gate piers and railings, probably C18th, remain on St Katherine's Row, previously called Church Row, where there is a plaque recording the site of the church. The church had extensive vaults accessed from the west of the church where graves were dug rather than coffins deposited therein; when the graveyard was cleared, remains were re-buried at City of London Cemetery (q.v.).

The site of the church was acquired by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, which had been established in 1760 to classify merchant ships for the purposes of insurance and whose offices on Fenchurch Street were built in 1899/1901 by T E Colcott. By the late C20th Lloyds' Register needed to expand and had purchased a number of adjacent plots of land. The former churchyard survives as a small public garden, which is also reached through the archway of 71 Fenchurch Street, and overlooked by the new building for Lloyd's designed by Richard Rogers Partnership in 1996-2000. As part of the development brief, it was required that the former churchyard was preserved and it was re-landscaped, retaining existing mature trees, with new planting, raised beds, stone and timber seating, and a stainless steel fountain.

Sources consulted:

George Godwin & John Britton 'The Churches of London: A history and description of the Ecclesiastical Edifices of the Metropolis, Volume II', London, 1839; Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.); London Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches data. Information on Richard Rogers website for Lloyd's Register (www.richardrogers.co.uk)

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