St Martin Pomary

St Martin Pomary
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Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic, Anglican

St Martin Pomary[2] was a church in the City of London.[3]

The Mortality Bill for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk’s Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London.[4] By September 6, following the Great Fire, the city lay in ruins, 86 churches having been destroyed.[5] In 1670 a Rebuilding Act was passed and a committee set up under the stewardship of Sir Christopher Wren to decide which would be rebuilt.[6] Fifty-one were chosen, but St Martin Pomary on the east side of Ironmonger Lane, Cheapside [7] in Cheap Ward was one of the minority never to be rebuilt.[8] Its dedication derives from a Latin reference to it being “an open space near a boundary wall".[9] Its patronage was originally in the hands of the Prior of St Bartholomew-the-Great,[10] but by 1547 it was a discrete parish confident enough to remove its crucifix[11] and replace it with the Royal Arms. In 1627 much of the north wall had to be rebuilt[12] but following the fire it was united to St Olave Jewry (part of whose churchyard it shared).[13]


51°30′49″N 0°5′30″W / 51.51361°N 0.09167°W / 51.51361; -0.09167Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 0°5′30″W / 51.51361°N 0.09167°W / 51.51361; -0.09167

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