St Faith under St Paul's

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St Faith under St Paul's
LocationCastle Baynard, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic, Anglican
Years builtPre 11th century
Parish boundary mark[1]

St Faith under St Paul's in Castle Baynard Ward was an unusual parish within the City of London.[2] The church was physically removed in 1256 to allow for the eastern expansion of Old St Paul's Cathedral.[3][4]

The parish appears as "St Faith within the monastery of St Paul's, London" in 1381, with mention of John Phelip, as a former parson.[5]

Until the reign of Edward VI the parishioners worshipped at the end of the west crypt under St Paul’s Quire.[6] Sir Simonds D'Ewes, the diarist, attended the wedding of his father Paul and his stepmother, Lady Elizabeth Denton, in "St. Faith's under St. Paul's" on 5 March 1623, and Sir Simonds's younger sister Mary also married there on 4 December 1626[7] The bills of mortality for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk's Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London, of which St Faith was one.[8] From the reign of Edward VI until the Great Fire the parishioners, mostly booksellers in Paternoster Row,[9] transferred to the Jesus Chapel, their separateness emphasised by a screen.[10]

After the Great Fire,[11] the parish was united with St Augustine Watling Street,[12] an arrangement that worked amicably well long after anyone who could have remembered the old cathedral had died,[13] the name also being used in official records.[14] and plans.[15] Partial records survive at IGI[16] and a drawing by Thomas Kerrich is preserved at the British Library while visitors to the rebuilt cathedral are still reminded of the association during their tour.[17]



  1. ^ On St Paul's Cathedral School in New Change
  2. ^ The parish also extended into Farringdon Within: Borer, M. I. C. (1978). The City of London: a history. New York: D. McKay Co. ISBN 0-09-461880-1.
  3. ^ Christopher, Ben; Hibbert, Weinreb (1983). The London Encyclopaedia. London: Macmillan. pp. 706–707. ISBN 0333325567.
  4. ^ Harbens, H. A (1918). A Dictionary of London: being notes topographical and historical relating to the streets and principal buildings in the City of London. London: Herbert Jenkins.
  5. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/483; year 1381, Term 4;; 6th entry, William Phelip, brother & heir of John Phelip, formerly parson of St Faith, etc.
  6. ^ Huelin, G. (1996). Vanished Churches of the City of London. London: Guildhall Library Publishing. ISBN 0-900422-42-4.
  7. ^ "The Autobiography and Correspondence of Sir Simonds D'Ewes," London, 1845, vol. 1, pp. 229, 324.
  8. ^ Clark, O. (January 2006). "The ancient office of Parish Clerk and the Parish Clerks Company of London". Journal of the Ecclesiastical Law Society. 8. ISSN 0956-618X.
  9. ^ Diary of Samuel Pepys, Dover, Lewis Publications, 1992 ISBN 978-0-486-43667-8
  10. ^ A Survey of London, Vol I Stow, J. (Originally, 1598: this edn-London, A. Fullarton & Co, 1890)
  11. ^ The tombs, monuments, etc., visible in S. Paul's Cathedral (and S. Faith's beneath it) previous to its destruction by fire A.D. 1666 Major Payne Fisher (Blacker Morgan, G.B. Ed., 1855): London, Privately printed, 1684.
  12. ^ "The Churches of the City of London" Reynolds,H.: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  13. ^ Church of England, Parish of St. Augustine Watling Street. - Agreement between the churchwardens of both the parishes of St Augustine Watling Street and St Faith under St Paul’s, 1830. - M0017513CL cited in "City of London Parish Registers Guide 4" Hallows, A.(ed.): London, Guildhall Library Research, 1974 ISBN 0-900422-30-0
  14. ^ 18th Century-old parish name still used in Court Proceedings
  15. ^ 1753 plan
  16. ^ Genealogical Web-Site Archived 2007-09-06 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Modern Chapel

51°30′46″N 0°5′46″W / 51.51278°N 0.09611°W / 51.51278; -0.09611Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°5′46″W / 51.51278°N 0.09611°W / 51.51278; -0.09611

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