St Thomas Apostle - The Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks

St Thomas Apostle

• St Thomas the Apostle was a parish church in Knightrider Street in the City. In existence by the late twelfth century, it was destroyed in the Great Fire in 1666 and not rebuilt.

• The patronage of the church belonged to the canons of St Paul's and it is mentioned in the register of the Dean and Chapter as early as 1181. John Stow implies that was rebuilt sometime in the late fourteenth century, describing John Barnes, Lord Mayor in 1371 as "a great builder of S. Thomas Apostles parish church as appeareth by his armes there both in stone and glasse".

• The parish was staunchly Royalist in the years leading up to the Civil War In 1642 the rector, named Cooper, was sequestered and imprisoned in Leeds Castle for his loyalty to the king.

• St Thomas the Apostle was not among the churches chosen for re-building after the Great Fire, instead the parish was united with that of St Mary Aldermary.

• Part of the site was used for the creation of Queen Street, though a small portion of the churchyard survived.

• The site of the church is marked by a plaque in Great St Thomas Apostle Street.

• Edmund Allen, Bishop of Rochester, is said to have been buried in the church.


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