Amen Corner (London)

Amen Corner (London)

Amen Corner lies at the junction of Paternoster Row and Ave Maria Lane, just to the west of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London.


On the feastday of Corpus Christi, monks would say prayers in a procession to St Paul's Cathedral. They set off from Paternoster Row with the Lord's Prayer, which in Latin starts with "Pater noster...". They would reach the final 'Amen' as they turned the corner in Ave-Maria Lane, after which they would chant Hail Mary! ("Ave Maria" in Latin). [E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.]

The area was notable as the site of the Royal College of Physicians until it was burnt down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.


The modern Amen Corner is a stub of road that leads to Amen Court, home to the canons of the cathedral where the first meeting of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was held in 1958.

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There is another Amen Corner near Tooting Broadway, where the A217 Mitcham Road meets Rectory Lane and Southcroft Road.


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