St Mary Mounthaw

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St. Mary Mounthaw
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St Mary Mounthaw or Mounthaut[1] was a parish church in Old Fish Street Hill in the City of London. Of medieval origin, it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and not rebuilt.


The church stood on the west side of Old Fish Street Hill in Queenhithe Ward.[2] It was originally built as a chapel for the house of the Mounthaunt family, from Norfolk, from whom the church took its name. In around 1234 the house and the patronage of the church were bought by Ralph de Maydenstone, Bishop of Hereford. He left it to his successors as bishop, who used the house as their London residence.[2] One of them, John Skypp, personal chaplain to (and champion of) Anne Boleyn,[3] was buried in the church.[2]

The church was enlarged and partly rebuilt in 1609, partly at the cost of Robert Bennet, Bishop of Hereford.[2] The next year new glass was installed, at the cost of Thomas Tyler and Richard Tichburne.[1]


Along with the majority of the 97 parish churches in the City of London, St Mary Mounthaw was destroyed by the Great Fire in September 1666.[4] In 1670 a Rebuilding Act was passed and a committee set up under Sir Christopher Wren to decide which would be rebuilt.[5] St Mary Mounthaw was not one of those chosen; instead the parish was united with that of St Mary Somerset, and the site retained as a graveyard.[2] It is possible that St Mary Mounthaw was reestablished in 1711, for there is a record of baptisms at that church from 1711 to 1812.[6]


  1. ^ a b Seymour, Robert (1733). A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, Borough of Southwark, and Parts Adjacent. 1. London: T. Read. pp. 720–1.
  2. ^ a b c d e Newcourt, Richard (1708). "S. Mary Mounthaw, Rectory". Repetorium Ecclesiasticum Parochiale Londinense. 1. London. pp. 452–4.
  3. ^ D. G. Newcombe, ‘Skip, John (d. 1552)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 14 April 2008
  4. ^ "The ancient office of Parish Clerk and the Parish Clerks Company of London" Clark, O :London, Journal of the Ecclesiastical Law Society Vol 8, January 2006 ISSN 0956-618X
  5. ^ "Wren" Whinney,M London Thames & Hudson, 1971 ISBN 0-500-20112-9
  6. ^ London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 > via.

51°30′37″N 0°5′46″W / 51.51028°N 0.09611°W / 51.51028; -0.09611Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°5′46″W / 51.51028°N 0.09611°W / 51.51028; -0.09611

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