The earliest record of this church is from the 11th century, which refers to 'St Clement Candlewickstrate' in the area which was later to become Eastcheap, or the 'east market' (the west market being in Cheapside).
The church is dedicated to the saint who suffered martyrdom in A.D. 100 by being thrown into the sea with an anchor about his neck. Hence he became the patron saint of seamen. The church was burnt and destroyed in the Great Fire and was rebuilt by Wren in 1686.
The church is rather lost among the surrounding buildings, and the exterior walls are plain except for the South West tower whose brickwork is exposed at the top.
Inside there is one aisle on the south side, separated from the rest of the church by two columns on high bases. There is a clerestory with small windows.
The church was refurbished and modernised in 1872.
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