St Martin Orgar - The Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks

St Martin Orgar

• St Martin Orgar was located in Martin Lane, off Cannon Street, most famous as being one of the churches mentioned in the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. “You owe me five farthings, Say the bells of St. Martin's”

• Originally St Martin’s Candlewick Street, in the twelfth century it was given to the canons of St Paul’s by Orgar the deacon and later took his name.

• Most of the building was destroyed in the Great Fire in 1666, but the tower and part of the nave were left standing. The parish was merged with St Clement Eastcheap.

• The remains of the church were restored and used by French Protestants until 1820. Most of the remaining building was then pulled down, but the tower remained and was rebuilt in 1851.

• The remains of the churchyard of St Martin's are to the south of the tower.


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