(St.) Edmund the King and Martyr
   On the north side of Lombard Street at No. 58 east of Birchin Lane (P.O. Directory). In Langbourne Ward.
   The parish in Langbourne and Cornhill Wards.
   Earliest mention found in records : Given by Q. Maud, the wife of Henry I., to the Prior and Convent of Holy Trinity. In the MSS. D. and C. St. Paul, mention is made of the gift by Daniel the priest to St. Paul and the Canons, of the Church of St. Edmund in the 12th century (H. MSS. Com. 9th Rep. p. 64). Perhaps some arrangement was entered into between the Prior and the Canons which would account for the alternate presentation mentioned below.
   Forms of name : "St. Edmund towards Garcherche," c. 1292 (Anc. Deeds, A. 11606). "St. Edmund de Graschirche." 31 Ed. I. (Lib. Cust. I. 229). "S. Edmund de Lombardestrete," 1348 (Ct. H.W. I. 505). "S. Edmund in Longbord St.," 14th century (Lansdowne MS. 440, p. 8).
   Burnt in the Fire, and rebuilt 1670 by Sir C. Wren north and south, owing to irregularity of the ground (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 156).
   A Rectory. Patrons : Alternately Canons of St. Paul's and the Prior and Convent of Holy Trinity. After the dissolution, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
   After the Fire, the Church of St. Nicholas Acon not being rebuilt, the parish was united to St. Edmund (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 162).
   The dedication is to the King of the East Angles, murdered by the Danes 87O.
   Called S. Edmond Grasse Church because the said Grasse Market came downe so low (S. 204).

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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