1896 Print over 100 years old St Bride's Church London


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Antique print dated 1896.

The page is over 100 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame and mount. Also available in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a brown with gold pencil-line frame, your choice.  RL.215.

Entitled – St. Bride’s Church.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

St. Bride’s Church. – Walking up Fleet Street from Ludgate Circus, a wide passage on the left leads us to St. Bride’s Church, which was rebuilt by Wren after the Great Fire.

Its steeple – 223ft. in height – is one of those on which the great architect bestowed particular pains.

Though often not unjustly compared to the slides of a telescope drawn out, it has a lightness and simplicity unsurpassed in any of the best Gothic churches.

The present building was erected in 1680 at a cost of £11,440.

Owing to the steeple having been twice struck by lightning, it is somewhat shorn of the lofty proportions which were originaly given to it by Wren.

Its bells, put up in 1710, are dear to every Londoner’s soul.

Indeed, when St. Bride’s bells were first hung in the tower, Fleet Street used to be thronged with carriages full of gentry, who had come from far and near to hear the pleasant music float aloft.

Like most of the famous old churches of London, St. Bride’s is the resting-place of many great men.

Among the names we find Wynkyn de Worde, the second printer in London;  Lovelace, the Cavalier poet;  and Ogilvy, the translator of Homer.

In this view (which was taken from the chancel) an adequate idea is conveyed to us of the plan on which the church is built.

 On entering St. Bride’s for the first time, one is struck with the peculiar character of the architecture – the high ceiling, the pure whiteness of the double stone pillars supporting the central portion of the edifice, and the plainness of the side aisles.

On the walls we see monuments to Richardson, the novelist;  Nichols, the historian;  and many other bygone celebrities.

The present approach to the church was erected in 1824 from designs by Papworth, and cost about £10,000. 

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