St Paul's Church, Shadwell

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Coordinates: 51°30′34″N 0°3′9″W / 51.50944°N 0.05250°W / 51.50944; -0.05250

St. Paul's Church, Shadwell
St Paul's Church, Shadwell
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Evangelical
Architect(s) John Walters
Diocese London
Rector Ric Thorpe
St Paul's Church, Shadwell

St Paul's Church, Shadwell, is a Grade II* listed Church of England church, located between The Highway and Shadwell Basin, on the edge of Wapping, in the East End of London, England. The church has had varying fortunes over many centuries, and is now very active, having been supported recently by Holy Trinity Brompton Church.


The old parish church, traditionally known as the Church of Sea Captains, was built in 1656, and was principally financed by Thomas Neale.[1] It was rebuilt in 1669 as the Parish Church of Shadwell.

John Wesley was a preacher at St Paul's. Captain James Cook worshipped there, as did Jacob Phillip, the father of Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales.[2] Cook's eldest son was baptised At St Paul's Church in 1763. Also baptised there were William Henry Perkin, the chemist who discovered the first aniline dye, and Jane Randolph, mother of Thomas Jefferson.

The church was demolished in 1817 and the present building, a Waterloo church designed by John Walters, was erected in 1820.


In January 2005, a team from the congregation of Holy Trinity Brompton moved to Shadwell to minister with the existing members of St. Paul's in serving the local area. This follows a number of similar church plants from Holy Trinity Brompton to declining churches around London with the support of the Bishop of London. The Rev Ric Thorpe was licensed as the new Priest-in-Charge on 20 January 2005 with The Rev Jez Barnes assisting him as the associate pastor. Thorpe was appointed Rector in 2010.


  1. ^ Thomas Neale
  2. ^ Frost, Alan (1987). Arthur Phillip 1738-1814: His Voyaging. Oxford University Press. p. 1. ISBN 0195547012. 

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