Returning Christopher Wren’s largest surviving city church to its former glory
14 JAN 2019
St Andrew Holborn, the largest of Christopher Wren’s surviving churches in the City of London, has received an £18,000 grant from Allchurches Trust to support the ongoing regeneration of its Grade I listed building. St Andrew’s is due to reopen its doors to the local community in early spring 2019.
St Andrew Holborn was built in 1684 to 90 to replace a medieval structure of Saxon origin that survived the Great Fire but had already fallen into disrepair. It was almost completely destroyed by an incendiary device during the Second World War and rebuilt from the ground up, re-opening in 1961.
This regeneration will honour Wren’s original intentions for the church by amending some of the issues that were left unresolved in post-war redesign and help prepare St Andrew Holborn for the next phase of its ministry to the working population of the City of London and Holborn.
The project will see a new stone floor installed by Chichester Stoneworks, a business with over 250 years of award-winning stonemasonry craftsmanship. St Andrew’s will also upgrade its lighting and sound system, replace its heating system and refurbish facilities. A new baptistry and Lady Chapel will also be added.
Allchurches’ grant will help St Andrew’s return to its active role within the wider community, which involves administering three charities. These charities make grants for relief to people in need totalling around £500,000 annually.
Jeremy Noles, Grants Officer at Allchurches Trust, said: “We’re delighted to support this restoration project, which will help return an ecclesiastical heritage gem to its former glory. As well as making this important building a more beautiful place for worship and events, the changes will also benefit people experiencing homelessness who come into the church to keep warm, wash, dry out and receive vouchers for shoes and food.”
The Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, the Guild Vicar of St Andrew Holborn and the Bishop of Fulham, said: “I was very pleased to hear that St Andrew’s received a grant to support its ongoing regeneration, and I wait in anticipation for it to reopen its doors to the City of London. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of such a grant, and I’m sure that St Andrew’s will continue to play a lasting role in the City of London for generations to come.”