CHRISTOPHER WREN'S SPIRE
Sir Christopher Wren was an astronomer, mathematician & physicist, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. When the Great Fire raged through London in September 1666, two thirds of the City was destroyed. Wren submitted plans to the King to rebuild the City, but they were not adopted. Instead, he was commissioned to rebuild 51 of the City’s burnt churches.
St Antholin’s church was completed in 1682. Its spire rose to a height of 154 feet and has an imaginative design, typical of Wren’s baroque style. It has scallop shells, vertical ribs and a classical scroll capital on top. The spire was damaged in a storm in the 19th century and bought by one of St Antholin’s wealthy churchwardens, Robert Harrild, who erected it on a plinth in his garden in Lewisham.
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Gabriel JB, Holy Trinity School, Lewisham