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St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street is one of the finest examples of Christopher Wren’s work which has stood for more than 300 years, including surviving the Blitz.
However, it is in serious need of restoration.
In 2012 the Parish will start fundraising to carry out essential restoration to preserve the spire and ensure the future of St Bride's.
We need to raise £2.5 million for this vital programme of restoration.
So why the appeal to save Christopher Wren's masterpiece?
In simple terms the spire is falling down!
Evidence of Damage
St Bride’s Fleet Street has a special significance for many people, located as it is in the heart of the City of London:
Sir Michael Bear
Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors,
Late Lord Mayor of London
Paul Finch OBE
Design Council Cabe
Writer and Historian
Architect in Residence
Journalist and Broadcaster
St Bride’s is a working church; a building that is constantly in use seven days a week, with an active congregation of residents and local business people. As well as the daily life of St Bride’s there are regular weddings, christenings, memorials and concerts. The association with Wren ensures that there is also a regular overseas visitor profile too. All this is serviced by a small staff and with the help of a team of volunteers.
St Bride’s walls and tower needed to be strengthened earlier in the last century as well as during the 1950’s programme of restoration. Since then they have survived smoky chimneys, lightning, stormy gales, acid rain, extensive pile-driving and defiling by birds. This damage to the stonework has now become a serious concern as pieces of stone are falling from the tower and are a danger to the public.
It is also forty years since the tower’s last cleaning, and the grime of London life has again built-up and is obscuring much of the beauty of Wren’s masterpiece. St Bride’s is one of London’s most beautiful and inspiring structures. It has been at the heart of printing and the media for over 500 years and buildings on this site have been in use for nearly 2000 years. It now sits amongst one of the great centres of London commerce and finance.
We need your help to ensure that St Bride’s continues to play an active part in the life of the City of London and remains a fully working building in Fleet Street, with a clear focus that stimulates, interacts with and contributes to the congregation that includes the media, the financial sector, large and small local businesses, the passing tourist and you and me.
The Venerable David Meara
Archdeacon of London
Rector of St Bride’s
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Save St Bride's
by Kieran Long - 25 January 2012
Ageing architecture: Saving St Bride’s
15 March 2012
St Bride's seeks £2.5m to repair spire
Simon Nias - 9 January 2012
St Bride's Church, London : Fleet Street Architecture - 12 January 2012
Appeal for Sir Christopher Wren masterpiece - 13 January 2012