No. 1126: Roman Road, E3
Roman Road, London, E3. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
Some London Churches – E. Hermitage Day, 1911:
As a whole, S. Bride’s is among Wren’s finest achievements. It’s steeple – the loftiest of all that he designed – is surpassed only by that of S. Mary-le-Bow, and from the narrow streets which lead toward the church it may be well seen soaring high above the houses, […]. It is a graceful composition of diminishing stages, octagonal on plan, and so arched as to give generous shadows in the recesses. It rises to a vane 226 feet above the ground-level, though it is now a few feet short of Wren’s original design, owing to a rebuilding of its upper stages after damage by lightning. The steeple was not built till nearly twenty years after the completion of the church, and it represents therefore Wren’s maturer manner, and gains by the experience which had come to him in lesser work.
[William Rich, whilst apprenticed to a baker near Ludgate Circus, fell in love with his master’s daughter and, when he set up his own business at the end of his apprenticeship, won her father’s approval for her hand in marriage.
Wishing to create a spectacular cake for the wedding feast he one day glanced up at the steeple of St. Bride’s and thus began the tradition of the tiered wedding cake. R.D.]