St Nicholas Olave

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St Nicholas Olave
Senator House site of St Nicholas Olave.JPG
Current photo of site
Location Bread Street Hill, London
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Anglican, originally Roman Catholic
History
Founded 11th century
Architecture
Demolished 1666

A former church in the City of London, on the west side of Bread Street Hill[1] in Queenhithe Ward.[2]
The Mortality Bill for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk’s Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London.[3] By September 6 the city lay in ruins, 86 churches having been destroyed in the Fire of London.[4] 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.[5] Fifty-one were chosen, but not St Nicholas Olave.[6] Its unusual dedication refers to the earlier amalgamation between two parishes: St Nicholas and St Olave Bradestrat, which was removed by the Austin Friars for the erection of their monastic buildings.[7] Described by John Stow as a “convenient church”[8] the parish had strong connections with the Fishmongers, many of whom were buried in the churchyard.[9] Its eminent organist William Blitheman also lay here.[10] Following the fire it was united with St Nicholas Cole Abbey[11] and partial records survive and are available in the International Genealogical Index.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The site is now occupied by Senator House
  2. ^ "A Dictionary of London" Harben,H: London, Herbert Jenkins 1918
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "The Churches of the City of London" Reynolds,H: London, Bodley Head, 1922
  5. ^ "Wren" Whinney,M: London, Thames & Hudson 1971 ISBN 0-500-20112-9
  6. ^ "The City of London Churches" Betjeman,J: Andover, Pitkin 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0-85372-565-9
  7. ^ ”Vanished Churches of the City of London” Huelin,G: London, Guildhall Library Publishing 1996 ISBN 0-900422-42-4
  8. ^ "A Survey of London, Vol I" Stow,J: London, A. Fullarton & Co, 1890 (original edition 1598)
  9. ^ "Bread Street Hill & St. Nicholas Olave Churchyard" Dibdin,T.C: London, Privately published 1850
  10. ^ “Notes on Old City Churches: their organs, organists and musical associations” Pearce,C.W.: London, Winthrop Rogers Ltd 1909
  11. ^ "The London Encyclopaedia" Hibbert,C; Weinreb,D; Keay,J: London, Pan Macmillan 1983 (rev 1993, 2008) ISBN 978-1-4050-4924-5
  12. ^ Genealogical Web-Site

51°30′43″N 0°5′36″W / 51.51194°N 0.09333°W / 51.51194; -0.09333Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 0°5′36″W / 51.51194°N 0.09333°W / 51.51194; -0.09333

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