About

At the heart of our life is a commitment to worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ and making it possible for others to experience His love. We aim to offer a variety of services that will enable anyone to feel at home.

The main service of the week is our informal lunchtime service on Wednesday at St Margaret Lothbury in person and live streamed on our YouTube channel. Although it runs from 1300-1400 it is planned so that you may come when you can and go when you have to.

On Tuesday each week there is a traditional Holy Communion service at 1310 in St Margaret Lothbury. This usually lasts around 30 minutes.

St Margaret Lothbury APCM 2024

All reports for the Lothbury APCM can now be downloaded:

Safeguarding

As a church we take our safeguarding responsibilities towards children and vulnerable adults seriously and endeavour to ensure that all those within our congregation can enjoy our services in a safe way. We have a defined, robust recruitment policy for both paid staff and volunteers that are so essential to the smooth running of our church activities. We also review the latest guidance issued by the relevant church and statutory agencies and implement their recommendations on a timely basis.

Our safeguarding officers are Cliff Radmore and Beverley Ryan.
Read our safeguarding policy.

A history of St Margaret Lothbury

There has been a church dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch in Lothbury, the street that runs along the north side of the Bank of England, since the 12th Century. In later centuries the parish was augmented by the incorporation of seven adjacent parishes, whose churches were lost through the Great Fire, the Second World War and the expansion of City institutions. The parish is now officially that of ‘St Margaret Lothbury and St Stephen Coleman St with St Christopher-le-Stocks, St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange, St Olave Old Jewry, St Martin Pomeroy, St Mildred Poultry and St Mary Colechurch.’

The original church was rebuilt in 1440 at the expense of Robert Large, that year’s Lord Mayor, but destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The current church designed by Sir Christopher Wren was completed in 1692. The tower by Robert Hooke was finished in 1700.

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Among the noteworthy furnishings made for St Margaret’s are the high altar reredos, the pulpit and the baptismal font. Of the subsequent additions to the church the most splendid is the choir screen, one of only two in a Wren church, erected originally in the Church of All Hallows the Great, Thames St. in 1683-84 and moved to St Margaret’s in 1894 when that church was demolished. The pulpit sounding board is also from All Hallows.

The paintings of Moses and Aaron on either side of the high altar as well as the bust of Sir Peter Lemaire on the north wall of the nave are from St Christopher-le-Stocks, Threadneedle St. Other items, including the chapel reredos, the sword rests and several monuments, are from St Olave Old Jewry. St Margaret’s also possesses several items of plate from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries providing a link to all of the churches of its component parishes.

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St Margaret’s remains a vibrant parish church in the heart of the City of London, providing a varied weekday ministry for all Christians in the area. It is the church of five livery companies (the Armourers and Brasiers, the Glovers of London, the Tylers and Bricklayers, the Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers and the Scientific Instrument Makers), two Ward Clubs (Broad St. and Coleman St.) and one professional institution (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). It is also the parish church of the Bank of England and several local firms. Each hold special services at various times in the year.

Like many City Churches all our records are now held by the London Metropolitan Archives. Since the great fire there have been few burials in either St Margarets or St Mary’s and while memorial stones remain in the formal church all were removed from St Mary’s to facilitate the development of Bank underground station.

London Metropolitan Archives
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