Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate


Members of the congregation of St Botolph's were among a large congregation which gathered last Friday 2 September to commemoratethe 350th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Fire of London.
Starting at the church of St Mary-at-Hill on Lovat Lane, in whose parish the fire started, there was a short service to remember those who lost their lives, and the destruction of 89 churches. The congregation walked up onto Eastcheap and down Pudding Lane to the site of Fariner's Bakery, the origin of the fire, for a reading from Pepys's diary, prayers and a hymn, and then moved on to the Monument for another reading, prayers and hymn. Finally they walked down to the church of St Magnus the Martyr - one of the first to be destroyed - where there was a final short service giving thanks for the reconstruction of the City and its Churches.
Thanks to PCC member Alastair Harris for the photos showing among others in the crowd the Dean of St Paul's, the Archdeacon of London (our Priest-in-Charge), the Area Dean and other City clergy, the Chief Commoner, members of Livery Companies, and the Choir of St Mary-at-Hill.

This service was one of the first events in an extensive programme to commemorate the anniversary, organised by the City of London and others. More information about future Great Fire 350 events can be found in the link below and there are brochures in church listing all the events for you to take away as well.