City of London

St. Mary Aldermary, City of London

One of the small number of Wren churches in the City which actually re-used some of the older structure, in this case the lower parts of the tower. The main part of the church was quickly rebuilt around 1682 but it took another 20 years for the very large tower to be completed.

Much of the plan of the Church survives from its pre-Fire imprint and it feels more like a medieval church than most of Wren’s work. Unfortunately a lot of Wren’s interiors were removed by the Victorians around 1876 to try to “restore” the interior to what passed for medieval by Victorian standards. The Church managed to survive World War II with minimal damage and is one of the more distinctive Wren churches, its tower often appears in films and TV series.

John Milton married his third wife here.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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