St Pancras Soper Lane

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• St Pancras Soper Lane was first built in the twelfth century.

• The street from which it took its name was renamed Queen Street after the Great Fire.

• It was a small building, with a tower containing five bells. There was a chapel on the north side. In 1617 a monument commemorating Elizabeth I was presented to the church. The building was renovated in 1621, and a porch added in 1624.

• For many decades it was a comfortably wealthy foundation but by 1598 the parish had fallen on such hard times it had to sell a broken bell for scrap. • The patronage of the church belonged to the prior and chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury, until 1365, when they granted it to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

• Along with the majority of churches in the City, St Pancras Soper Lane was lost in the Great Fire in September 1666. 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. St Pancras Soper Lane was not amongst the 51 chosen. Instead the parish was united with that of St Mary le Bow.

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