St John the Evangelist Friday StreetEdit profile
St John the Evangelist Friday Street was a former church in the City of London. The Mortality Bill for the year 1665, published by the Parish Clerk’s Company, shows 97 parishes within the City of London. The Great Fire of London destroyed the Church. By September 6 the city lay in ruins, 86 churches having been destroyed. In 1670 a Rebuilding Act was passed and a committee set up under the stewardship of Sir Christopher Wren to decide which would be rebuilt. Fifty-one were chosen, but St John the Evangelist Friday Street in Bread Street Ward was one of the minority never to be rebuilt, perhaps because it was the smallest church within even this area of very small parishes. The church site is now occupied by a public house off Watling Street. It is unique amongst City parishes in not registering a single death during the Great Plague. Following the fire it was united to All Hallows Bread Street. Partial records still survive at IGI. In the early 1620s a debate was held in St John Evangelist Church between the pastor, Mr Walker and some Roman Catholics. The pastor argued that the Church of England was the "true church" and that the Church of Rome was "the whore of Babylon." The Catholic priests replied that "...you Protestants in England, have no Church nor Faith." The debate is interesting in being conducted mainly in a series of syllogisms.