Friday, 3rd May: St Andrew Holborn, the largest of Christopher Wren’s surviving churches in the City of London, reopened its doors on Wednesday after an extensive regeneration project.
Members of the congregation and local community came together to celebrate the completion of the project and witnessed the unveiling of a new stone floor installed by Chichester Stoneworks, a business with a history of award-winning stone masonry craftsmanship.
Wednesday’s event took place in the context of St Andrew’s weekly evening service and saw a procession move around the church to bless the new baptistery, Lady Chapel and tabernacle. The project also involved an upgrade of the church’s lighting, sound and heating systems, and the refurbishment of its facilities.
St Andrew Holborn was built between 1684 and 1690, replacing a medieval structure of Saxon origin that survived the Great Fire but later fell into decay. It was almost completely destroyed by an incendiary device during the Second World War and rebuilt from the ground up, re-opening in 1961.
The now-completed regeneration honours Wren’s original intentions for the church by amending some of the issues left unresolved in St Andrew’s post-war redesign, equipping the church for the next phase of its ministry to the working population of the City of London. The building plays an active role in the community, administering three charities which together generate grants totalling more than £500,000 annually.