City of London

St. Vedast-alias-Foster, City of London

One of Wren’s later City churches dating to 1695-1700 it is also one of those where a small amount of the surviving structure was reused, although it is difficult to discern what dates to the pre-Fire period.

There is some debate as to whether the tower is Wren’s work or that of his pupil Nicholas Hawksmoor. It does have the more geometric look of Hawskmoor’s work and it may be that Wren gave his student the opportunity to work on this tower.

Unfortunately the church was completely gutted during World War II bombing raids and had to be entirely redesigned post-War by Stephen Dykes-Bower. It must be said that he did a particularly good job, and the result is a restrained church of strongly contrasting blacks and whites with a most distinctive stone floor and dark but not too dark stained glass.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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