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Church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, City of London

Description: Church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199709

OS Grid Reference: TQ3216180959
OS Grid Coordinates: 532161, 180959
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5121, -0.0969

Location: Distaff Lane, London EC4V 5BH

Locality: City of London
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: EC4V 5BH

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Listing Text

4-JAN-50 (North Side)
Church of St Nicholas Cole
Abbey (Formerly listed as
remains of Church of
St Nicholas Cole Abbey,.
Knightrider Street)


1671-81, by Sir Christopher Wren, on the site of an earlier church. Interior destroyed in World War II and reconstructed in near facsimile. Unaisled body with vestries at west end and tower in north west corner. Exterior of Portland stone with arched and corniced windows, entablature and high balustrade. West elevation irregular with exposed rubble and brickwork. Pedimented doorway towards west end of south side and in north face of tower. Tower has arched openings with pedimented cornice and blocking topped by 4 urns. The lead-covered spire has small oval and circular windows, gallery and weather vane Interior has beamed ceiling supported by Corinthian pilasters. 3 arched openings at west end are partly filled by vestries etc with gallery over. Original pulpit, font cover, altar rails and iron sword rest. See Colvin's Biographical Dictionary of Architects, 2nd Edition, P931.

Listing NGR: TQ3216180959

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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