St Paul's Cathedral in London
St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. St Paul's sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London, and is the mother church of the Diocese of London. The present church dating from the late 17th century was built to an English Baroque design of Sir Christopher Wren, as part of a major rebuilding program which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London, and was completed within his lifetime.
The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 ft high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world. In terms of area, St Paul's is the second largest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.
St Paul's Cathedral occupies a significant place in the national identity of the English population. It is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as postcard images of the dome standing tall, surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz.
Wren had begun advising on the repair of the cathedral before the Great Fire of 1666, in fact as early as 1661. This included drawings for the addition of a dome to the existing building to replace the dilapidated spire, and a restoration of the interiors that would complement the 1630 Inigo Jones-designed facade. After the fire, the ruins of the building were still thought to be workable, but ultimately the entire structure was demolished in the early 1670s to start afresh.
St Paul's went through five general stages of design. The first survives only in the form of a part of a model and a single drawing. The scheme (usually called the First Model Design) appears to have consisted of a round domed entrance vestibule (possibly based on the Pantheon in Rome) and a rectangular basilica behind containing the choir. It was rejected because it was not thought "stately enough" Wren’s second design was a Greek cross, which was considered to be too radical by his critics.
Wren's third proposal for the new St Paul's used many of the same design concepts as his Greek cross design, though it had an extended nave. This design was embodied in his creation in 1673 of the "Great Model". The model, made of oak and plaster, cost over £500 (approximately £32,000 today) and is over 13 ft tall and 21 ft long. His critics, members of a committee commissioned to rebuild the church and members of the clergy, decried the design as being too dissimilar from churches that already existed in England at the time to suggest any continuity within the Church of England. Clergymen also preferred a Latin cross plan for services. Another problem was that the entire design would have to be completed all at once because of the eight central piers that supported the dome, instead of being completed in stages and opened for use before construction finished, as was customary. Wren considered the Great Model his favourite design, and thought it a reflection of Renaissance beauty. After the Great Model, Wren resolved to make no more models or publicly expose his drawings, which he found to do nothing but "lose time, and subject his business many times, to incompetent judges". Engravings of the paintings were published in 1720.
- Grinling Gibbons – responsible for the woodwork, most notably the choir stalls, and sculpted the pediment of the north transept.
- Jean Tijou – most of the wrought ironwork, including the gates flanking the high altar.
- Bernard Smith – designed and built the organ.
- Caius Gabriel Cibber – sculpted the pediment of the south transept. plus the seven large sculptures on the west front. dominating both the historic and modern City of London through the Baroque device of axial perspectives or 'viewing corridors' across the cityscape. Wren achieved a pleasing balance between interior and exterior by constructing three domes nested one inside the other: the tall outer dome is non-structural and raised above the mass of the cathedral to suit distanced views; the lower inner dome provides a harmoniously balanced interior; between the two a structural cone supports the apex lantern and the outer dome. Wren was said to have been hauled up to the rafters in a basket during the building of its later stages to inspect progress.
The nave has three small chapels in the two adjoining aisles – The Chapel of All Souls and The Chapel of St Dunstan in the north aisle and the Chapel of St Michael and St George in the south aisle. The main space of the cathedral is centred under the inner dome, which rises 108.4 metres from the cathedral floor and holds three circular galleries – the internal Whispering Gallery, the external Stone Gallery, and the external Golden Gallery.
The Whispering Gallery runs around the inside of the dome 99 feet (30.2 m) above the cathedral floor. It is reached by 259 steps from ground level. It gets its name because of the acoustic effects peculiar to domes; a whisper against its wall at any point is audible to a listener with an ear held to the wall at any other point around the gallery. A low murmur is equally audible.
The base of the inner dome is 173 feet (53.4 m) above the floor. Its top is about 65 m above the floor, making this the greatest height of the enclosed space. The cathedral is some 574 ft in length (including the portico of the Great West Door), of which 223 ft is the nave and 167 ft is the choir. The width of the nave is 121 ft and across the transepts is 246 ft. The cathedral is thus slightly shorter but somewhat wider than Old St Paul's.
The quire extends to the east of the dome and holds the stalls for the clergy and the choir and the organ. To the north and south of the dome are the transepts, here called the North Choir and the South Choir.
Details of the towers at the west end (illustration, left) and their dark voids are boldly scaled, in order to read well from the street below and from a distance, for the towers have always stood out in the urban skyline. They are composed of two complementary elements, a central cylinder rising through the tiers in a series of stacked drums, and paired Corinthian columns at the corners, with buttresses above them, which serve to unify the drum shape with the square block plinth containing the clock. The main entablature breaks forward over the paired columns to express both elements, tying them together in a single horizontal band. The cap, like a bell-shaped miniature dome, supports a gilded finial, a pinecone supported on four scrolling angled brackets, the topmost expression of the consistent theme.
The north-west tower contains 13 bells hung for change ringing while the south-west contains four, including Great Paul, at 16½ tons- the largest bell in the British Isles, cast in 1881, and Great Tom (the hour bell), recast twice, the last time by Richard Phelps, after being moved from St Stephen's Chapel at the Palace of Westminster. The bell is only rung on occasions of a death in the royal family, the Bishop of London, or the Lord Mayor of London, although an exception was made at the death of US President James Garfield.<ref name="world and its people"/> In 1717, Richard Phelps cast two more bells that were added as "quarter jacks". Still in use today, the first weighs 13 long cwt, is 41 in in diameter and is tuned to A flat; the second weighs 35 long cwt and is 58 in in diameter and is tuned to E flat.
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|4||11-2-22||1063.0||C||36.38"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|5||13-1-0||954.0||B♭||38.63"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
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|7||16-1-18||784.0||G||43.75"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|8||21-3-18||705.0||F||47.63"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|9||27-1-22||636.0||E♭||52.50"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|10||29-3-21||592.0||D||55.25"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|11||43-2-0||525.0||C||61.25"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
|12||61-2-12||468.0||B♭||69.00"||1878||John Taylor & Co|
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This cathedral has survived despite being targeted during the Blitz- it was struck by bombs on 10 October 1940 and 17 April 1941. On 12 September 1940 a time-delayed bomb that had struck the cathedral was successfully defused and removed by a bomb disposal detachment of Royal Engineers under the command of Temporary Lieutenant Robert Davies. Had this bomb detonated, it would have totally destroyed the cathedral, as it left a 100 ft crater when it was later remotely detonated in a secure location. As a result of this action, Davies was awarded the George Cross, along with Sapper George Cameron Wylie.
On 29 December 1940, the cathedral had another close call when an incendiary bomb became lodged in the lead shell of the dome but fell outwards onto the Stone Gallery and was put out before it could ignite the dome timbers. One of the most iconic images of London during the war was a photograph of St Paul's taken the same day by photographer Herbert Mason, from the roof of the Daily Mail in Tudor Street showing the cathedral shrouded in smoke.
Lisa Jardine of Queen Mary, University of London has written:
The cathedral has a very substantial crypt, holding over 200 memorials, and serves as both the Order of the British Empire Chapel and the Treasury. The cathedral has very few treasures: many have been lost, and in 1810 a major robbery took almost all of the remaining precious artefacts. Christopher Wren was the first person to be interred, in 1723: on the wall above his tomb in the crypt is written, "Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice" (Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you).
St Paul's is home to other plaques, carvings, statues, memorials and tombs of famous British figures including:
- General Sir Isaac Brock
- Sir Edwin Lutyens
- John Donne, whose funeral effigy (portraying him in a shroud) but not his tomb survives from Old St Paul's.
- Lord Kitchener
- The Duke of Wellington<ref name="world and its people"/>
- Lord Nelson<ref name="world and its people"/>
- Henry Moore
- Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
- Sir William Alexander Smith
- Sir Winston Churchill
- T. E. Lawrence, whose bust faces Nelson's sarcophagus
- Sir Alexander Fleming
- Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley
- Sir Philip Vian
- John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe
- David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
- Sir Arthur Sullivan
- Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
- Sir Hubert Parry
- Florence Nightingale
- J. M. W. Turner<ref name="world and its people"/>
- Sir Joshua Reynolds<ref name="world and its people"/>
- Dr. Samuel Johnson<ref name="world and its people"/>
- Ivor Novello
- Charles Cornwallis
- Frederick George Jackson
- Mandell Creighton and Louise Creighton
- Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet
Most of the memorials commemorate the British military, including several lists of servicemen who died in action, the most recent being the Gulf War. There are special monuments to Lord Nelson in the south transept and to the Duke of Wellington in the north aisle; both are buried here. Also remembered are poets, painters, clergy and residents of the local parish. There are lists of the Bishops and cathedral Deans for the last thousand years.
The cathedral has been the site of many famous funerals, including those of Horatio Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and George Mallory.
Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is set to have a state funeral at the cathedral upon her death.
American Memorial Chapel
The apse of the cathedral is home to the American Memorial Chapel. It honours American servicemen and women who died in World War II, and was dedicated in 1958. It was paid for entirely by donations from British people, and was designed, as a modern exercise in the Wren style, by Godfrey Allen and Stephen Dykes Bower. The Roll of Honour contains the names of more than 28,000 Americans who gave their lives while on their way to, or stationed in, the United Kingdom during the Second World War. It is in front of the chapel's altar. The three chapel windows date from 1960; they feature themes of service and sacrifice, while the insignia around the edges represent the American states and the US armed forces. The limewood panelling incorporates a rocket – a tribute to America's achievements in space.
St Paul's Cathedral Arts Project
The St Paul’s Cathedral Arts Project is an ongoing programme which seeks to explore the encounter between art and faith. Projects have included installations by Antony Gormley, Rebecca Horn, Yoko Ono and Martin Firrell.
Internationally acclaimed artist Bill Viola has been commissioned to create two altarpieces for permanent display in St Paul's Cathedral. The project commenced production in mid 2009 with completion in early 2012. Following the extensive programme of cleaning and repair of the interior of St Paul's, completed in 2005, Bill Viola has been commissioned to create two altarpieces on the themes of Mary and Martyrs. These two multi-screen video installations will be permanently located at the end of the Quire aisles, flanking the High Altar of the Cathedral and the American Memorial Chapel where US Service men and women who gave their lives in the Second World War are commemorated. Each work will employ an arrangement of multiple plasma screen panels configured in a manner similar to historic altarpieces. The screens will be mounted on hinged panels, allowing them to be closed.
In Summer 2010, St Paul's chose two new works by the British artist Mark Alexander to be hung either side of the nave. Both entitled Red Mannheim, Alexander's large red silkscreens are inspired by the Mannheim Cathedral altarpiece (1739–41), which was damaged by bombing in the Second World War. The original sculpture depicts Christ on the cross, surrounded by a familiar retinue of mourners. Rendered in splendid giltwood, with Christ's wracked body sculpted in relief, and the flourishes of flora and incandescent rays from heaven, this masterpiece of the German Rococo is an object of ravishing beauty and intense piety.
In March 2010, Flare II, a sculpture by Antony Gormley, was installed in the dramatic setting of the Geometric Staircase.
In 2007, Dean and Chapter commissioned public artist Martin Firrell to create a major public artwork to mark the 300th anniversary of the topping-out of Wren's building. The Question Mark Inside consisted of digital text projections to the cathedral dome, West Front and inside onto the Whispering Gallery. The text was based on blog contributions by the general public as well as interviews conducted by the artist and the artist's own views. The project presented a stream of possible answers to the question: 'what makes life meaningful and purposeful, and what does St Paul's mean in that contemporary context?' The Question Mark Inside opened on 8 November 2008 and ran for eight nights.
A 15 year restoration project – one of the largest ever undertaken in the UK – was completed on 15 June 2011.
The Interpretation Project is a long term project concerned with bringing St Paul’s to life for all its visitors.
In 2010, the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's opened Oculus: an eye into St Paul's. Oculus is a 270° film experience that brings 1400 years of history to life. Located in the atmospheric former Treasury in the crypt, Oculus takes visitors on a journey through the history and daily life of St Paul's Cathedral. Oculus was funded by American Express Company in partnership with the World Monuments Fund, J. P . Morgan, the Garfield Weston Trust for St Paul’s Cathedral, the City of London Endowment Trust and AIG.
In 2010, new touchscreen multimedia guides were also launched. These guides are included in the price of admission. Visitors can discover the cathedral’s history, architecture and daily life of a busy working church with these new multimedia guides. They are available in 12 different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and British Sign Language (BSL). The guides have fly-through videos of the dome galleries and zoomable close-ups of breathtaking ceiling mosaics, painting and photography. Interviews and commentary from experts include the Dean of St Paul’s, conservation team and the Director of Music. Archive film footage includes major services and events from the cathedral's history.
Charges for sightseers
Unlike almost all other cathedrals, St Paul’s imposes a £14.50 charge for admission to sightseers, without the option of a donation. Those attending services do so at no cost. People seeking a place to be quiet and pray are admitted to the St Dunstan's Chapel free of charge. Admission on Sundays for all services is free and there is no sightseeing. The cathedral explains that St Paul's receives little regular or significant funding from the Crown, Church or the State and claims to rely on the income generated by tourism to allow the building to continue to function as a centre for Christian worship, as well as to cover general maintenance and repair work.
The finances of the cathedral came under public scrutiny during the anti-capitalism Occupy London encampment in front of the cathedral which began in October 2011. Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser resigned, warning that to evict the anti-capitalist activists would constitute “violence in the name of the Church". It was claimed that the cathedral was losing revenue of £20,000 per day.
Organ and organists
The organ was commissioned in 1694: the current instrument is the third-biggest in Britain with 5 manuals, 189 ranks of pipes and 108 stops, enclosed in an impressive case by Grinling Gibbons.
Organists and directors of music
- c.1525–1547 John Redford (also Almoner)
- 1547 Philip ap Rhys (until c.1559)
- 1573 Henry Mudd
- 1587? – 1592? Thomas Morley
- 1598 Thomas Harrold
- 1619 John Tomkins
- 1638–1642 Albertus Bryne
- 1660–1668 Albertus Bryne
- 1687 Isaac Blackwell
- 1699 Jeremiah Clarke (also Almoner 1704-7)
- 1707 Richard Brind
- 1718 Maurice Greene
- 1756 John Jones
- 1796 Thomas Attwood
- 1838 Sir John Goss
- 1872 Sir John Stainer
- 1888 Sir George Clement Martin
- 1916 Charles Macpherson
- 1927 Sir Stanley Marchant
- 1936 Sir John Dykes Bower
- 1968 Christopher Dearnley
- 1990 John Scott (Organist & Director of Music)
- 2004 Malcolm Archer
- 2007 Andrew Carwood (Director of Music)
Sub-organists and assistant organists
- George Cooper (father) 1???-1838
- George Cooper (son) 1838–1876 (also Organist HM Chapel Royal)
- George Clement Martin 1876–1888 (subsequently Organist)
- William Hodge 1888–1895
- Charles Macpherson 1895–1916 (subsequently Organist)
- Stanley Marchant 1916–1927 (subsequently Organist)
- Douglas Edward Hopkins 1927–1946 (subsequently Organist Peterborough Cathedral; later Organist Canterbury Cathedral)
- Harry Gabb 1946–1974 (also Organist, Choirmaster & Composer HM Chapel Royal)
- Barry Rose 1974–1984 (Master of the Choir 1977–1984; later Master of Music St Albans Abbey)
- John Scott 1985–1990 (subsequently Organist and Director of Music; now Director of Music St Thomas, Fifth Avenue)
- Andrew Lucas 1990–1998 (now Master of Music, St Albans Abbey)
- Huw Williams 1998–2008 (now Sub Organist, HM Chapel Royal)
In 2007 the posts of Organist and Director of Music were separated, the Sub-Organist post being re-titled Organist & Assistant Director of Music in September 2008.
- Simon Johnson 2008 (September) – present
Assistant sub-organists and sub-organists
- Gerald Wheeler 1953–1956
- Derek Holman 1956–1958
- Richard Popplewell 1958–1966 (subsequently Organist, Choirmaster & Composer HM Chapel Royal)
- Timothy Farrell 1966–1967 (subsequently Organist, Choirmaster & Composer HM Chapel Royal)
- Christopher Herrick 1967–1978 (subsequently Sub-Organist Westminster Abbey)
- John Scott 1978–1985 (simultaneously held post of Assistant Organist Southwark Cathedral; subsequently Sub-Organist)
- Andrew Lucas 1985–1990 (subsequently Sub-Organist)
- Martin Baker 1990–1991 (later Sub-Organist & Acting Organist Westminster Abbey; now Master of Music Westminster Cathedral)
- Richard Moorhouse 1992–2000 (now Organist & Master of the Choristers Llandaff Cathedral)
- Mark Williams 2000–2006 (now Director of Music Jesus College, Cambridge)
- Tom Winpenny 2006–2008 (now Assistant Master of Music St Albans Abbey)
In 2007 the posts of Organist and Director of Music were separated, the Assistant Sub-Organist post being re-titled Sub-Organist in April 2008.
- Timothy Wakerell 2008–present
Almoners and masters of the choristers
- Thomas Hickman ? – 1534
- John Redford ?1534–1547 (also Organist)
- Sebastian Westcote 1554–1582 (Vicar Choral)
- Thomas Giles 1584–1600
- Edward Pearce 1599–1612
- John Gibbs 1613–1624
- Martin Peerson 1626–1642
- Randall Jewett 1661–1675
- Michael Wise 1687
- John Blow 1687–1703
- Jeremiah Clarke 1704–1707 (also Organist)
- Charles King 1707–1748 (Vicar Choral)
- William Savage 1748–1773 (Vicar Choral)
- Robert Hudson 1773–1793 (Vicar Choral)
- Richard Bellamy 1793–1800 (Vicar Choral)
- John Sale 1800–1812 (Vicar Choral)
- William Hawes 1812–1846
The title of Almoner then passed to one of the Minor Canons, while the post of Master of the Choristers was held by a succession of Vicars Choral, including –
- Fred Walker 1867–1874 (Vicar Choral)
- George Clement Martin 1874–1876 (subsequently Sub-Organist & then Organist)
The training of the choristers was then entrusted to the Organist & his deputies until –
- Barry Rose 1977–1984 (Master of the Choir)
The post was re-united with that of Organist under John Scott in 1990
- John Dexter 1975 (Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin 1977–2001)
- Ian Sadler 1978
- Gareth Green
- Martin Cooke
- Mark Blatchly (now Organist Charterhouse School)
- Andrew Lucas 1980–1984 (subsequently Assistant Sub-Organist)
- Simon Lole 1979–1982 (later Organist & Director of Music Sheffield Cathedral & then Salisbury Cathedral)
- Andrew Shenton (now Associate Professor of Music at Boston University)
- Roger Sayer (now Organist Rochester Cathedral)
- Lee Ward 1989 (now Director of Music London Oratory School & Director of Music Hampstead Parish Church)
- David Whitehead 1990
- Fraser Simpson 1992
- Huw Williams 1993 (later Sub-Organist)
- Stuart Nicholson (now Organist & Master of the Choristers St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin)
- Lionel Steuart Fothringham (now Director of Music Highgate School)
- Simon Johnson 1997 (subsequently Assistant Master of the Music St Albans Abbey; now Organist & Assistant Director of Music)
- Benjamin Nicholas 1998 (now Director Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum & Director of Music Merton College, Oxford)
- Nicholas Chalmers 2000 (now Assistant Chorus Master English National Opera)
- Thomas Corns 2001 (now Organist St Mary's Warwick)
- Duncan Ferguson 2003 (now Organist & Master of the Music St Mary's, Edinburgh)
- James Kennerly 2005 (now Associate Director of Music Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut)
- James McVinnie 2006 (now Assistant Organist Westminster Abbey)
- Tim Harper 2008 (Assistant Director of Music Birmingham Cathedral)
- Donald Hunt 2010
- Simon Hogan (from July 2011)
Some notable choristers and vicars choral
- 16th century
- William Mundy (Vicar Choral), composer.
- Peter Philips (chorister), composer.
- 17th century
- Adrian Batten (Vicar Choral), composer.
- 18th century
- Jonathan Battishill (chorister), composer.
- William Boyce (chorister), composer.
- Maurice Greene (chorister), composer and Organist of St Paul's Cathedral.
- 19th century
- William Cummings (chorister), composer and organist.
- John Stainer (chorister), Organist of St Paul's Cathedral and Professor of Music at Oxford University.
- 20th century
- Simon Russell Beale (chorister), actor.
- Alastair Cook (chorister), cricketer.
- Alfred Deller (Vicar Choral), counter-tenor.
- Jimmy Edwards (chorister), actor.
- Gerald English (Vicar Choral), tenor.
- Charles Groves (chorister), conductor.
- Paul Hillier (Vicar Choral), conductor.
- Robin Holloway (chorister), composer.
- Neil Howlett (chorister), opera singer and teacher.
- James Lancelot (chorister), Organist of Durham Cathedral.
- Walter de la Mare (chorister), poet and novelist.
- Stephen Oliver (chorister), composer.
- Julian Ovenden (chorister), actor and singer.
- John Shirley-Quirk (Vicar Choral), bass-baritone.
- Robert Tear (Vicar Choral), tenor and conductor.
- Anthony Way (chorister), treble.
Films and TV programmes made at St Paul's Cathedral include:
- Climbing Great Buildings (2010)
- Industrial Revelations: Best of British Engineering – Buildings, with Rory McGrath series 5, episode 1, 2008, features St Paul's Cathedral.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban shows the Geometric Staircase in the South West Bell Tower.
- The Madness of King George shows the Geometric Staircase in the South West Bell Tower.
- Mary Poppins shows the front and outside of the Cathedral, though it shows the space from the missing clock, when that was caused by bombing during World War II, 30 years after the film was set.
- List of cathedrals in the United Kingdom
- List of churches and cathedrals of London
- St Paul's Cathedral School
- Paternoster Square
- Tall buildings in London
- The Light of the World (painting)
- Cyril Raikes (fire watching on the dome of St Paul's in the 2nd World War)
- Further reading
- St Pauls and the City by Frank Atkinson (With numerous photographic plates, both in colour, and black and white). Michael Joseph – Park Lane Press (London) in 1985 with an
- The Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Frederic Hood with a foreword by Prince Phillip. (Mainly colour plates on glossy paper relating to St Paul's Cathedral – 65 pages with descriptive text) Detail from a copy of the book published by OUP (Oxford University Press) at Oxford in 1967 with no ISBN
- St Paul's – The Cathedral Church of London 604–2004 ed Keene, Burn & Saint. Yale University Press 2004
- Danger UXB by James Owen has a chapter on St Paul's in wartime and the unexploded bomb which closed it. Published by Little, Brown, 2010
- St Paul's Cathedral official website
- A Popular Description of St. Paul's Cathedral By Maria Hackett, published 1828, 87 pages.
- Biographical Illustrations of St. Paul's Cathedral By George Lewis Smyth, published 1843, 284 pages.
- St Paul's Cathedral by Canaletto (painting)
- Wren's various designs
- St Paul's Cathedral Photo Gallery — 125 photos
- Old St Paul's Cathedral by William Benham – eText from Project Gutenberg
- S.E. Kelly, editor, 2004. Charters of St Paul's, London in series Anglo-Saxon Charters (Oxford University Press) 
- The 'Registrum Statutorum..' of St Paul's – collected charters and other documents from the earliest years until the nineteenth century. Published by the cathedral in 1873, Latin and English.
- BBC News account of the bombing
- Bells of St Paul's
- A history of the choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
- Mystery Worshipper Report at the Ship of Fools website
- Central London live webcam showing St Paul's, Westminster and Big Ben
- The Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – OBE Chapel
- St Paul's lithographs c. 1647–1817
- The Jubilee Cope commissioned for the Bishop of London by St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II &.