• The Nave of St Mary-at-Hill
  • Exterior (St Mary-at-Hill)
  • Exterior (Lovat Lane)
  • Dome & Organ

St Mary at Hill

Christopher Wren

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St Mary-at-Hill Church, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, EC3R 8EE
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Built after the Great Fire of London (1666), St Mary at Hill survived two further major fires, and stood unscathed through the Blitz. Although marked by its experiences, the spectacular interior retains the beauty and grace Wren’s vision.

Access

Saturday 22nd

Open 10.30am–5pm

(max visitors 115)

event
  • Cake & Crafts (Leisurely Break), capacity 100 (Take a break from your explorations of London's architectural gems and hidden secrets and linger a little in the heart of the City for tea, coffee, cakes and crafts brought to you by members of St Anne's Lutheran Church, St Mary-at-Hill's Sunday congregation.)
  • German Writers in Stuart Britain: Seventeenth-Century Lives and Letters (Exhibition) (exhibition), capacity 100 (Travel back into the time when St Mary-at-Hill was rebuilt to Christopher Wren’s and explore this poster exhibition on the remarkable lives and letters of German exiles in seventeeth-century London: from the poet Georg Rodolf Weckherlin, who was secretary to James I, Charles I and the Committee of Both Kingdoms in the Civil War, to the chiliast Quirinus Kuhlmann, who was eventually burned as a heretic in Moscow, but lived in London for a while and associated with various non-conformist groups, and learn about the events that lead to the founding of the first Lutheran church in London in the 1670s. This poster exhibition presents results of research undertaken by Dr Anna Linton (Senior Lecturer in German Studies, King’s College London) as part of her British Academy-funded research project on ‘German Writers in Stuart Britain’.)
  • Fire, Faith, and Poetry: Peter Causton's 'Londini Conflagratio Carmen' ('Poem on the Fire of London') at 1pm (Talk), capacity 60 (In the congenial setting of this Wren church, just a few yards from Pudding Lane and the Monument, Dr Sebastian Matzner (Lecturer in Comparative Literature, King's College London) introduces a little known and only recently translated seventeenth-century neo-Latin poem that thematises the very event to whom St Mary-at-Hill owes its current form: Peter Causton's 'Londini Conflagrationis Carmen' ('Poem on the Fire of London'). The talk will give a flavour of the poem and will unpack its relationship to classical literature and contemporary historical events, drawing out the simmering tensions between Protestants and Roman Catholics negotiated here in the form of poetry - in stark contrast to the flowering of ecumenical relations in this place today. )
  • Demonstration of the Historic Organ & "Hymn-for-a-Pound" at 2pm (demonstration / workshop), capacity 15 (Join organist and director of music Erik Cannell in the organ loft for a demonstration of St Mary-at-Hill's historic organ and take the opportunity to hear him play a hymn of your choice!)
  • Choral Music of the Reformation at 4pm (Music Performance), capacity 75 (Experience the soaring beauty and harmonious elegance of St Mary-at-Hill during a performance of choral music of the Reformation (16th/17th cent.). Conducted by Erik Canell, director of music of St Anne's Lutheran Church, with generous support of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover (Germany).)

Sunday 23rd

Open 10.30am–7.30pm

(max visitors 115)

event
  • Cake & Crafts (Leisurely Break), capacity 100 (Take a break from your explorations of London's architectural gems and hidden secrets and linger a little in the heart of the City for tea, coffee, cakes and crafts brought to you by members of St Anne's Lutheran Church, St Mary-at-Hill's Sunday congregation.)
  • German Writers in Stuart Britain: Seventeenth-Century Lives and Letters (Exhibition) (exhibition), capacity 100 (Travel back into the time when St Mary-at-Hill was rebuilt to Christopher Wren’s and explore this poster exhibition on the remarkable lives and letters of German exiles in seventeeth-century London: from the poet Georg Rodolf Weckherlin, who was secretary to James I, Charles I and the Committee of Both Kingdoms in the Civil War, to the chiliast Quirinus Kuhlmann, who was eventually burned as a heretic in Moscow, but lived in London for a while and associated with various non-conformist groups, and learn about the events that lead to the founding of the first Lutheran church in London in the 1670s. This poster exhibition presents results of research undertaken by Dr Anna Linton (Senior Lecturer in German Studies, King’s College London) as part of her British Academy-funded research project on ‘German Writers in Stuart Britain’.)
  • Choral Eucharist at 11am (Service), capacity 90 (Join St Anne's Lutheran Church for the regular 11am Sunday morning service at St Mary-at-Hill. Whether you are a sceptic, believer, doubter, or agnostic; whatever faith tradition (if any) you come from; whether you want to start your Sunday explorations of London Open House with worship or are just curious about Lutheran hymns and liturgy, St Anne's warmly welcomes visitors to this Sunday morning service, followed by refreshments and an opportunity to explore the church and get chatting with members of the congregation over tea, coffee, and cake. )
  • German Writers in Stuart Britain: Seventeenth-Century Lives and Letters (Exhibition Talk) at 1.30pm (Talk), capacity 75 (Travel back into the time when St Mary-at-Hill was rebuilt to Christopher Wren’s designs as Dr Anna Linton (Senior Lecturer in German Studies, King’s College London) explores the remarkable lives and letters of German exiles in seventeeth-century London: from the poet Georg Rodolf Weckherlin, who was secretary to James I, Charles I and the Committee of Both Kingdoms in the Civil War, to the chiliast Quirinus Kuhlmann, who was eventually burned as a heretic in Moscow, but lived in London for a while and associated with various non-conformist groups, and learn about the events that lead to the founding of the first Lutheran church in London in the 1670s. A poster exhibition on Dr Linton’s British Academy-funded research project on ‘German Writers in Stuart Britain’ accompanies the talk.)
  • Bach Vespers at 6.15pm (Music), capacity 75 (Experience the soaring beauty and harmonious elegance of St Mary-at-Hill in the setting of one of our regular 'Bach Vespers': enjoy the performance of a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, and other German Baroque music, performed as in Bach's time in the context of Lutheran vespers. Performed by the City Bach Collective (leader/director: Hazel Brooks; http://citybachcollective.org.uk), with generous support of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover (Germany).)

Design

Original design
Christopher Wren, 1677
Type
Religious
Period
Stuart