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in Medieval London
- Old St. Paul's Cathedral stood
on the site of the present cathedral in the City of London.
- It replaced an older Saxon
cathedral. Building work began in 1087. It was not finished until
- More building work started only
sixteen years later. This was finished in 1314.
- It was 586 feet long. That
made it the 3rd longest church in the World. The present
cathedral is 12 feet shorter.
- Its spire reached to 489 feet.
That made it the tallest church in the World until Lincoln Cathedral
was finished in 1311. The spire was struck by lightning in 1561 and
burnt down. The same thing happened at Lincoln. Today, Salisbury
Cathedral is the tallest church in the United Kingdom. Its spire
reaches to 404 feet.
- In the early 15th century,
Reginald Kentwood was the Dean of St. Paul's. This meant he was in
charge there. He was the son of Sir John
Kentwood and grew up in Tilehurst, near Reading.
- After the Dissolution of the
Monasteries most of the monastic buildings around the churchyard were
sold as shops. They were especially popular with printers and
publishers, like the famous Newbery family from Waltham St. Lawrence
- In the 1630s, the famous
architect, Inigo Jones, added a big portico (porch with columns) over
- Old St. Paul's was destroyed
during the Great Fire of London
in 1666. The ruins were later pulled down. The present cathedral was
then built by Sir Christopher Wren.