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History

In the seventeenth century, a manuscript in the St. Paul’s Cathedral archives quotes, presumably from an old document which no longer exists, the text of a charter from about 704 to 705 by which a certain Bishop Tyrhtilus (Bishop of Hereford) sold the lordship of “Fulanham” with the consent of Sigehard, king of the East Saxons, and Coenred, king of the Mercians, to Waldhere, Bishop of London.

We know that there has been a church based on the site in Fulham in south west London for over 900 years; there is a record of a parish priest or rector of Fulham in 1242 having been presented to Henry III. It seems Henry III often “lay” (stayed) at Fulham Palace which indicates the presence of a church building.

During the 19th century rebuilding, evidence was found indicating the existence of an earlier structure, including many reused stones and, in particular, one which had formed the bottom of the shafting of a window jamb in the Early English style thus was probably of about the thirteenth century.

The current building, with the exception of the fifteenth-century tower, is from 1881 and was built to designs by Sir Arthur Blomfield who designed the Royal College of Music in London.

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