St Nicholas Olave

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St Nicholas Olave
Senator House site of St Nicholas Olave.JPG
Current photo of site
LocationBread Street Hill, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationAnglican, originally Roman Catholic
Founded11th century

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]


  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 Archived 2007-09-06 at the Wayback Machine

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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