St Mary Staining

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St. Mary Staining
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LocationOat Lane, City of London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Years built10th century

St. Mary Staining was a parish church in Oat Lane,[1] northeast of St. Paul's Cathedral, in the City of London. First recorded in the 12th century, it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and not rebuilt.


The first reference to it is to "Ecclesia de Staningehage" in 1189, probably deriving from a family from Staines holding land in the area of the church.[2] It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and not rebuilt.[3] Its parish was united to St. Michael Wood Street in 1670,.[4] and later to St. Alban Wood Street in 1894, and finally St. Vedast Foster Lane in 1954.

Nikolaus Pevsner found a "few battered tombstones" in nearby Oat Lane.[5] Since 1965 its site has been a City of London Corporation garden, containing a historic tree; an adjacent office block was built semi-circular so as not to damage it.


  1. ^ "London:the City Churches” Pevsner,N/Bradley,S New Haven, Yale, 1998 ISBN 0-300-09655-0
  2. ^ Gordon Huelin in his "Vanished Churches of the City of London" (London, Guildhall Library Publishing,1996 ISBN 0-900422-42-4) gives two further possibilities: that it was named after the painter stainers who lived in the area in medieval times or that the name derives From the Saxon word for "stone".
  3. ^ Cobb, G. (1942). The Old Churches of London. London: Batsford.
  4. ^ Hibbert,C; Weinreb,D; Keay,J (1983 (rev 1993,2008)). "The London Encyclopaedia". London: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4050-4924-5. Check date values in: |year= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Bradley, Simon (1998). London:the City Churche. New Haven: Yale. ISBN 0-300-09655-0.

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Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 0°5′42″W / 51.51667°N 0.09500°W / 51.51667; -0.09500