Holy Trinity the Less

Holy Trinity the Less
Holy Trinity the Less

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Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic, Anglican

Holy Trinity the Less was a parish church in the City of London, destroyed in the Great Fire of London..[1]



The church was on the east side of Knightrider Street on the south side near St Nicholas Cole Abbey. [2]


The church was medieval in origin, and Stow traced its roots back to 1266.[3]. By 1606, it had fallen into a ruinous state and had to be propped up. It was subsequently demolished and rebuilt.[4] The patronage of the church was with the Prior and convent of St Mary Overie, Southwark, then, after the dissolution, with the dean and chapter of Canterbury Cathedral.[4]

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 after the Great Fire.[5] Fifty-one were chosen, but Holy Trinity the Less was one of the minority never to be rebuilt.[6]

After the fire, the church's parish was united with St Michael Queenhithe,[7] The site of the burnt out Anglican church was used for a German Lutheran church, which opened in 1673. It survived until 1871 when it was closed and demolished to make way for the Mansion House undeground station [8] The churchyard was razed in 1872 to make room for the station.[9]


  1. ^ John Rogers was Rector here from 1532 to 1534 > "The London Encyclopaedia" Hibbert,C;Weinreb,D;Keay,J: London, Pan Macmillan, 1983 (rev 1993,2008) ISBN 978-1-4050-4924-5
  2. ^ "The City of London-a history" Borer,M.I.C. : New York,D.McKay Co, 1978 ISBN 0094618801
  3. ^ A Survey of London, Vol I Stow,J : Originally 1598- this edn,London, A.Fullarton & Co,1890
  4. ^ a b White, J.G. (1801). The Churches and Chapels of Old London. London. pp. 59-60. http://www.archive.org/details/churcheschapelso00whituoft. 
  5. ^ "Wren" Whinney,M London Thames & Hudson, 1971 ISBN 0500201129
  6. ^ "The City of London Churches" Betjeman, J. Andover, Pitkin, 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0853725659
  7. ^ A separate churchwarden was appointed for former Holy Trinity worshippers Church of England, Parish of St. Michael Queenhithe. - Rough registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, 1694. - M0013822CL. - M0003091CL cited in "City of London Parish Registers Guide 4" Hallows,A.(Ed) : London, Guildhall Library Research, 1974 ISBN 0900422300
  8. ^ "The history of Lutherans in Britain". Lutheran Council of Great Britain. http://www.lutheran.org.uk/history_detailed.php. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Church of Holy Trinity the Less". Find-A-Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22836. 

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