Old Street, New Beginnings

In 1966, the parishes of St Luke’s on Old Street, now LSO St Luke's, and St Giles’ Cripplegate, now just across the water from the Barbican Centre, joined together to form a single community in the heart of London after St Luke's was forced to close due to structural damage. The united congregation is still thriving today.

On 26 September 2016 we celebrated 50 years of community spirit, with an afternoon of teas, building tours, performances, singing and a procession to St Giles’ for a celebratory service.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Photos © Clive Totman

We asked people to share their memories of St Luke’s with us on the day.

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Clockwise from top right:

'My mum used to wheel me around the church to get to the market.'
Kathy Cobb, St Luke's Community Centre

'I was lonely and no family but I joined St Giles since May 2015. I have my society now. Thank you.'

'They took the organ to pieces...laid that in the west aisle. That was there for ages until they got going.'
Mollie Munn

'So the church has not died, the life of the church has not died. It's found a new location.'
Rev Rumens, St Giles Cripplegate

'Many years ago I came here for Sunday School. I loved it, collecting stamps for my Sunday School book. Mollie Munn has not changed a bit.'
Janet Downs

'When I moved here it was a transforming ruin. It was being rebuilt.'
Rev Rumens, St Giles Cripplegate

'Thank you for a wonderful event.'
Pamela & Stan

'Reverend Rogers came in the June and lost his church in the December.'
Mollie Munn

'I remember it being bombed and it had no roof.'
Kathy Cobb, St Luke's Community Centre

'Sunday Mrs Hazel love to hear the singing. I would not get any reaction from her but when the singing starts she would look up to where the choir was. Thanks to all.'

'David Rhodes, ex-rector of St Giles, said that he had sold St Luke's to the LSO for 1p, yes, one pence!'

Send us your memories

If you have any memories of St Luke’s which you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!

  • Did you (or someone you know) get married here?
  • Perhaps you were a member of the congregation? 

Send us any memories to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy this short video showcasing the history of St Luke’s, from when it was first consecrated in 1733, to how it stands today: as the London Symphony Orchestra’s world-leading music education centre, LSO St Luke's.


Find out more about LSO St Luke's and its history here.