St Lawrence Jewry was founded in the 12th century and dedicated to the St Lawrence, a Spaniard and Archdeacon of Rome, who was roasted alive on a grid iron on the 10th of August 260 in Rome.
It's name derives from the fact that the original church stood on the Eastern side of the city which was then occupied by the Jewish community.
The original church, which was built in 1136, was rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the Great Fire in 1670-87 and was one of his most expensive City Churches.
The building was badly gutted by fire as a result of enemy action on 29th December 1940, but restored in 1957 in the Wren tradition.
It is now the official Church of the Corporation of London and stands next to the Guildhall.
There is a commemorative window to St Thomas More, who preached here.
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