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Church of St. Magnus the Martyr


Church of St. Magnus the Martyr


Structure in General

existing [completed]




  • The original Church of St. Magnus the Martyr was built on this site in 1176. It was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, and was then rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1676. The tower was added in 1704, taking the building to its current height.
  • St. Magnus the Martyr used to stand at the northern end of old London Bridge, and when the bridge was widened a roadway was built through the base of the church's tower. When the bridge was demolished in the 1880s, the replacement was built further upstream.
  • Some stones from the old London Bridge remain in the churchyard, along with the remains of a Roman wharf.
  • Today, the church is neighboured to the east by St Magnus House and to the west and south by Adelaide House.
  • A church has stood on this site for over 1,000 years.
  • The church is so-called after St. Magnus, an early Christian leader and Earl of Orkney who was murdered in 1116.
  • Cited in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches'.

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Lower Thames Street
Lower Thames Street
City of London
United Kingdom

Technical Data

185.04 ft
185.04 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
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