St Christopher le Stocks
St Christopher le Stocks was an historic church , situated on the south side of Threadneedle Street in Broad Street Ward, one of the twenty-four within the City of London, a self-governing enclave in the capital city of England.

The earliest reference to the church is in 1282 (Deacon, 1982). The dedication is disputed: Freshfield (1876) maintains it refers to the City Stocks, which at one time stood close to the church, but Huelin (1996) believes it to be a reference to the nearby Stock Exchange. Endowments were bequeathed in 1427 and 1506 . Burnt in the Great Fire of London in 1666, and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in 1671 using much of the surviving material, it was the first of his churches to be completed (Amery, 1988) at a cost of £2,098 12s 7d (Reynolds, 1922). The church was demolished in 1782(Hibbert,2008) to provide space for the extension of the Bank of England and united with St Margaret Lothbury in 1781 (Hallows, 1954). This was done to prevent an attack at night from St Christopher’s roof (Griffiths,1997). The churchyard was also requisitioned in 1798, and now lies underneath the Bank’s Garden Court . Partial burial records remain and are available for family history research . A parish boundary mark (marking the boundary with that of St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange) can be seen on the front wall of the Bank of England. A similar mark is visible on the Princes Street elevation of the Bank of England, but, in this instance, marking the boundary with St Margaret Lothbury. The upper panels of the pulpit dating from Wren’s 1671 rebuilding survive at St. Nicholas Church Canewdon in Essex and are a fine specimen of carving of the Grinling Gibbons style.

Re-interment of human remains
The remains of those interred in the church and the churchyard of St Christopher's were removed during development of the Bank of England in 1867 to Nunhead Cemetery in South East London. When the Bank underwent wholesale redevelopment in the 1930s, further relocations of interred remains were made to Nunhead in 1933.

The extant parish clerks
Following the World War II German air raids on London (the so-called "blitz"), the ecclesiastical parish of St Christopher le Stocks became part of the united benefice of St Margaret, Lothbury and St. Stephen Coleman Street . In common with all City of London parishes, St Christopher le Stocks has a serving parish clerk. St Christopher's clerk, Stephen Plumb, is appointed by the rector and parochial church council of St Margaret, Lothbury. There are eight parish clerks serving at St Margaret, Lothbury, reflecting the eight united parishes.

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