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Church of St Benet, Paul's Wharf, City of London

Description: Church of St Benet, Paul's Wharf

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199790

OS Grid Reference: TQ3200080907
OS Grid Coordinates: 532000, 180907
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5117, -0.0992

Location: Bennet's Hill, City of London, EC4V 4 EC4V 5AF

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

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There is also a scheduled monument, Baynard's Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

(North Side)
Church of St Benet,
Paul's Wharf
(Formerly listed under
Queen Victoria Street)
TQ 3180 NE 14/403
TQ 3280 NW 15/403 4.1.50.


1677 to 85, by Wren. Square compartment of 3 bays with north aisle and short west
aisle to south of west tower. Exterior of red brick with modest dressings of painted
stone and richly carved festoons above windows. Modillion eaves-cornice of timber.
Hipped, tiled roof, in 3 sections to north aisle. Blind panel to centre of east
front. Pedimented doorcase at south end of west aisle. Simple tower in 3 main
stages with quoins, circular and round-arched windows and stone frames, simply
mullioned belfry openings. Timber cornice capped by lead-covered cupola with lantern
and weathervane. Flat ceiled interior has order of Corinthian pilasters and colonnades
screening aisles, their high pedestals supporting galleries with carved fronts.
Vestry (formerly entrance vestibule) beneath west gallery. Entrance now under
tower. Fine, carved reredos communion table and rails, pulpit, west door, marble
font with corner etc. Modest sword-rest. Wall tablets. Marble paving. Inscribed
slabs. One of the least altered of Wren's churches.

Listing NGR: TQ3200080907

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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