St Anne and St Agnes are not usually linked. St Anne, grandmother of Christ, is venerated in Brittany and Cornwall; St Agnes was a 13-year-old girl martyred in Rome about 300AD.

Almost three centuries after it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, St Anne and St Agnes was severely damaged again by incendiary bombs during the night of 29-30 December 1940.

Famous parish residents have included the poet John Milton, John Wesley, founder of the Methodists, and John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress.

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