Loquis: Saint Margaret Pattens

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Saint Margaret Pattens


Published on:  2020-04-29 13:25:00


It is a Church of England church in the City of London, located on Eastcheap near the Monument. The dedication is to St. Margaret of Antioch. The church was first recorded in 1067, at which time the church was probably built from wood. It was rebuilt in stone at some unknown subsequent date but fell into disrepair and had to be demolished in 1530. It was rebuilt in 1538 but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The present church was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687. It is one of only a few City churches to have escaped significant damage in the Second World War. In 1954 St Margaret Pattens ceased to be a parish church and became one of the City’s guild churches, within the living of the Lord Chancellor and under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London. The church's exterior is notable for its 200-ft high spire, Wren's third highest and the only one that he designed in a medieval style. The church's name is traditionally said to derive from pattens, wooden-soled overshoes, later soled with raised iron rings, that, as elsewhere, parishioners would be asked to remove on entering the church. These raised shoes enabled people to walk about the streets of London without muddying their feet.

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