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Spire of St Bridget's Church

Spire of St Bridget's Church

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Ktop XXIII

Item number: 10e

Length: 29.1

Width: 12.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This church is on a particularly significant site. Archaeological investigations in the 20th century uncovered the foundations of seven different churches dating from the 6th to the 17th century. The remains of a substantial Roman house were found preserved in the crypt. Built in 1701/3, this church had the tallest spire of any Wren design, some 236 ft. Famous parishioners included poets John Dryden, John Milton, Richard Lovelace, diarist John Evelyn and Thomas Thompion, '' the father of the English clock''. Daniel Defoe in his Tour of London, comments that although many London churches are "convenient rather than fine", some such as St Bridgets "hold up their heads with grandeur and magnificence".

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