St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate

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St. Helen’s was a priory of Benedictine nuns located in Bishopsgate Ward between St. Mary Axe Street and Bishopsgate Street. St. Helen’s is visible on the Agas map with the label S. Elen written in the churchyard. Stow and Harben inform us that the priory was set up in 1212 by William Basing, the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Stow; Harben).
The priory church was a unique building with two parallel naves divided by partition betwixt the Nuns church, and Parish, Church (Stow). When the priory was surrendered during the reign of Henry VIII (1509–1547), the hall was given to the Leathersellers. The church was allowed to remain, but by 1799 only the two naves and bell tower were left of the old priory (Harben). The church has survived to the present day and can still be visited.
For more information about St. Helen’s, see their website.

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MLA citation:

Adams, Neil. “St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 29 May 2017. <http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/STHE1.htm>.

Chicago citation:

Adams, Neil. n.d. “St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 29, 2017. http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/STHE1.htm.

APA citation:

Adams N. (n.d.). St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved May 29, 2017, from http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/STHE1.htm

TEI citation:

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