Standing at the junction of Eastcheap and Rood Lane in
the City of London, our Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens
was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1684
and 1687 at a cost of £5,000. For at least 900 years a church
dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch has stood on the site.
The present building succeeds the fourth known church
which was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
The Church takes its name from the pattens that were made and sold in and around Rood Lane. Since the 15th
century The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers has been associated with the church and panels bearing the name of
Past Masters can be seen on the south wall. A notice in the
church still “requests women to leave their Pattens before entering.”
In 1954 St Margaret Pattens ceased to be a parish church
and became one of the City’s Guild churches, within the living
of the Lord Chancellor and under the jurisdiction of the
Bishop of London.
During the 2000 Millennium Year the Company presented the Guild church with new chandeliers and a winch
system (in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of
Basketmakers.) A stained glass window of the Company’s
Arms was also dedicated in 2000 as a further part of the