St Michael-le-Querne

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St Michael-le-Querne
The church in 1585
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Anglican, originally Roman Catholic
Parish boundary mark[1]
Current photo of site

St Michael-le-Querne, also called St Michael ad Bladum, was a church in the City of London.


Its dedication derives from a 12th-century reference[2] to it being near a place “where corn is sold".[3] Rebuilt in 1430,[4] and beautified in 1617,[5] the parish officers were re-appointed for the last time in July 1666.[6]


The Mortality Bill for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk’s Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London.[7] By September 6 the city lay in ruins, 86 churches having been destroyed.[8] In 1670 a Rebuilding Act was passed and a committee set up under the stewardship of Sir Christopher Wren to decide which would be rebuilt.[9] Fifty-one were chosen, but St Michael-le-Querne immediately to the north east of Paternoster Row [10] in Farringdon Within Ward was one of the unlucky minority never to be rebuilt.[11] Following the fire it was united to St Vedast Foster Lane and partial records still survive at IGI.[12]


  1. ^ Parish boundary mark on wall of St Paul's Choir School
  2. ^ "The London Encyclopaedia" Hibbert,C;Weinreb,D;Keay,J: London, Pan Macmillan, 1983 (rev 1993,2008) ISBN 978-1-4050-4924-5
  3. ^ "A Dictionary of London" Harben,H: London, Herbert Jenkins, 1918
  4. ^ Huelin, G, “Vanished Churches of the City of London”, London,Guildhall Library Publications, 1996ISBN 0-900422-42-4
  5. ^ ”Vanished Churches of the City of London” Huelin,G London Guildhall Library Publishing 1996 ISBN 0-900422-42-4
  6. ^ Church of England. Parish of St. Michael le Querne. Vestry and parish officers- Churchwardens' accounts. Ms 02895 cited in “City of London Parish Registers Guide 4” Hallows,A.(Ed) - London, Guildhall Library Research, 1974 ISBN 0-900422-30-0
  7. ^ "The ancient office of Parish Clerk and the Parish Clerks Company of London" Clark, O :London, Journal of the Ecclesiastical Law Society Vol 8, January 2006 ISSN: 0956-618X
  8. ^ The "Churches of the City of London" Reynolds,H: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  9. ^ "Wren" Whinney,M London Thames & Hudson, 1971 ISBN 0-500-20112-9
  10. ^ “Notes on Old City Churches: their organs, organists and musical associations” Pearce,C.W.: London, Winthrop Rogers Ltd, 1909
  11. ^ "The City of London Churches" Betjeman, J. Andover, Pitkin, 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0-85372-565-9
  12. ^ Genealogical Web-Site

51°30′46″N 0°5′51″W / 51.51278°N 0.09750°W / 51.51278; -0.09750Coordinates: 51°30′46″N 0°5′51″W / 51.51278°N 0.09750°W / 51.51278; -0.09750

Further reading[edit]

"Inigo Jones and the church of St. Michael le Querne" Colvin, H. M. The London journal vol.12 no.1, summer 1986, p. 36-39