St Bride's: INSPIRE! Appeal

Wash The Face Of An Angel

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St Bride's is one of London's most beautiful churches. An authentic reproduction of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece of 1675, it includes his highest spire which is the inspiration for wedding cakes around the world.

Fire-bombed in the Blitz in 1940, St Bride's was faithfully restored following Wren's original plans. The "Phoenix of Fleet Street" arose in glory from its ashes and was rededicated in 1957 thanks to dedication and gifted craftsman.

Five decades on and the church finds itself in need of urgent repair and redecoration. The INSPIRE! Appeal began in 2012 and aims to raise £2.5 million to fund this. Work has already begun on the outside of the church to secure the fabric of the building.

The Wash The Face Of An Angel campaign focuses on the restoration and cleaning of the interior of St Bride's. It aims to raise more than £200,000 by asking supporters to sponsor individual parts of the church; from coats of arms, to statues of saints: from golden pineapples to comforting kneelers.

Select one of the photos below to explore that area of the church and uncover what items need your help. Alternatively, browse the list below the photos. Once you have chosen an item to sponsor it will be placed in the St Bride's Shop basket and payment is then taken via PayPal. Should you wish to discuss sponsoring one of the more significant items pleaseemail James Irving, the Director of Finance (or call +44 020 7427 0133).

North Aisle & Lobby

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East End

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West End & Tower

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South Aisle

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Item Name Cost to Sponsor No. Remaining Sponsor

Redeem the Reredos

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

Silver Bethlehem Star on gilded starburst coffer on soffite of deep open reredos pediment cornice.
£200 
Limewood Garlands

Limewood Garlands

Carved limewood garlands above and alongside face of reredos mandorla with angels, fruit, flowers and foliage. [2 in total]
£400 
Mandorla

Mandorla

Stained glass mandorla or vesica piscis designed and executed by Glyn Jones.
£500 

Refresh the Roses

Nave Arch Rosettes

Nave Arch Rosettes

Gilded rosettes in coffers on soffite of fibrous plaster nave vault arch ribs. [102 in total]
£150102
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Nave Arcade Rosettes

Nave Arcade Rosettes

Carved and gilded rosettes within coffers on nave arcade soffites with gilded cyma reversa water leaf coffer border. [100 in total]
£180100
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Sanctuary Rosette Panels

Sanctuary Rosette Panels

Large gilded rosettes with gilded egg & dart, water leaf and ovolo coffer bordering on soffite of fibrous plaster sanctuary vault. [7 in total]
£3507
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Reflame the Flambeaux

Flambeaux

Flambeaux

Long neck oak urn with figured bowls and fluted stems carrying gilded flambeaux on screens and reredos. [14 in total]
£25011
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Prophet and Priest

Protect East Wall Mural

Protect East Wall Mural

Behind the reredos, this flat wall is painted in such a way that the eye insists it is an apse. It is in need of repair, cleaning and re-painting.
£5001
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Clean Moses

Clean Moses

Finely painted in the East wall trompe l’oeil mural executed by Glyn Jones, exactly echoing Hatton’s 1708 description of Edward Bird’s work.
£12001
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Clean Aaron

Clean Aaron

Finely painted in the East wall trompe l’oeil mural executed by Glyn Jones, exactly echoing Hatton’s 1708 description of Edward Bird’s work.
£12001
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East Enders

Sanctuary Wall Panel

Sanctuary Wall Panel

Portland stone fielded panels flanking East wall mural with gilded cyma reversa bolection moulding and cornice ovolo. [4 in total]
£1002
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Sanctuary Wall Niche

Sanctuary Wall Niche

Portland stone niche flanking East wall mural with gilded astragal. [2 in total]
£1502
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Revive the Gild

Nave Acanthus Panel Border

Nave Acanthus Panel Border

Gilded full border around nave ceiling vault bays richly adorned with acanthus leaves (cost / m). [60m in total]
£20060
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Sanctuary Guilloches

Sanctuary Guilloches

Gilded guilloche motif panel borders around sanctuary rosette coffers (cost / m). [20m in total]
£20019
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Sanctuary Swags

Sanctuary Swags

Richly gilded carved swags with fruit, foliage and ribbons flanking East wall mural. [2 in total]
£5002
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Brighten the Bay Vaults

Aisle Bays

Aisle Bays

Fibrous plaster and cross-groined vaulted aisle bays with raised arch ribs. [10 in total]
£25010
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Nave Bays

Nave Bays

Fibrous plaster near semicircular barrel-vaulted nave bays between vault arch ribs. [5 in total]
£3005
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Wash the Face of an Angel

Furled Winged Angel

Furled Winged Angel

Carved and gilded nave arcade keystone block with winged cherub face and feathered headdress. [10 in total]
£400 

Arch Supporters

Nave Arch with Acanthus and Cartouche Springing Corbets

Nave Arch with Acanthus and Cartouche Springing Corbets

Richly decorated and gilded cartouche with scrollwork and drapery beneath nave arch rib springing corbel with cavetto and gilded acanthus cyma recta and water leaf cyma reversa. [12 in total]
£50012
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Adopt a Coat of Arms

Guild of St Bride Cartouche

Guild of St Bride Cartouche

The Guild of St Bride – Founded in 1375 by King Edward III, set aside by Henry VIII and restored in 1957.
£500 
Archdiocese of Canterbury Cartouche

Archdiocese of Canterbury Cartouche

Archdiocese of Canterbury within whose province St Bride’s is placed.
£500 
City of London Cartouche

City of London Cartouche

The City of London - the constitutional body including St Bride’s parish.
£500 
Westminster Abbey Cartouche

Westminster Abbey Cartouche

Westminster Abbey within which gift the patronage resides.
£500 
St Paul

St Paul's Cathedral Cartouche

St Paul’s - Cathedral of the London diocese.
£500 
Ward of Farrington Without Cartouche

Ward of Farrington Without Cartouche

Ward of Farringdon Without – The City ward within whose boundary the parish was placed at the time of the restoration.
£500 

Give Wings to the Dove

Clean the Mural Dove

Clean the Mural Dove

Finely painted in the East wall trompe l’oeil mural executed by Glyn Jones, exactly echoing Hatton’s 1708 description of Edward Bird’s work.
£15001
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A Nail in Time

Repair Aisle Step

Repair Aisle Step

Nosing of South aisle step at the end of oak seating.
£2001
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Repair Aisle Seating Cracks

Repair Aisle Seating Cracks

Seat back panel in North aisle oak seating range. [4 in total]
£5004
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Refix Loose Stalls

Refix Loose Stalls

Investigation to establish and ensure sound long term fixing of nave stalls. [4 in total]
£10004
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Heavens Above! Celestial Choir in Need of a Scrub

Clean the Robed Angels

Clean the Robed Angels

Finely painted in the East wall trompe l’oeil mural executed by Glyn Jones, exactly echoing Hatton’s 1708 description of Edward Bird’s work. [2 in total]
£30002
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Original Splendour - Wren's Tower Lobby

Small Niches - Portland Stone Blocks

Small Niches - Portland Stone Blocks

Porch shallow recess beneath string course in Portland stone archways, including small niches and seats. [25 in total]
£6025
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Stone Rose Coffers

Stone Rose Coffers

Carved Portland stone rosettes set in double rows of coffers around arch soffites of both inner and outer Tower porch archways. [36 in total]
£8032
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Large Niches - Portland Stone and Cornices

Large Niches - Portland Stone and Cornices

Large Portland stone niches intersected by string course in porch central area under the Tower incorporating stone seating. [109 in total]
£80109
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Saucer Dome - Acanthus Wreath and Cornice

Saucer Dome - Acanthus Wreath and Cornice

Trademark Wren saucer dome with gilded fruit and foliage carved stone wreath around oculus and with circular cornice with water leaf, dentils and bead and reel enrichment.
£120001
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Touch Up the Tinctures

Royal Coat of Arms

Royal Coat of Arms

Arms of Queen Elizabeth II carved by Kenneth Gardener in 1957 from a single bock of stone from Beer Quarries in Devon weighing nearly two tones, richly gilded and decorated and located beneath the Minstrels’ Gallery on the Tower wall at the West end of the church.
£3000 

Comfy Worship

Replace Small Cushions

Replace Small Cushions

Red leather sheathed upholstered stalls, cushions and kneelers. [24 in total]
£8023
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Replace Medium Cushions

Replace Medium Cushions

Red leather sheathed upholstered stalls, cushions and kneelers. [20 in total]
£15020
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Replace Large Cushions

Replace Large Cushions

Red leather sheathed upholstered stalls, cushions and kneelers. [6 in total]
£2506
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Replace Kneelers

Replace Kneelers

Red leather sheathed upholstered stalls, cushions and kneelers. [80 in total]
£25080
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Support a Column

Decorate and Gild Column

Decorate and Gild Column

Double three -quarter coupled Portland stone Tuscan columns with fine gilding to cornice water leaf cyma reversa and dentils, architrave astragal, abacus cyma reversa, the capital’s egg & dart and small torus mouldings, and the shaft’s base toruses. [12 in total]
£200011
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Let the Sun Shine In

Wash Round Windows

Wash Round Windows

Lead came and reamy quarry glazed four-centred clerestorey nave windows. [14 in total]
£1509
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Wash Long Windows

Wash Long Windows

Lead came and reamy quarry glazed round arched North, South and East aisle windows. [8 in total]
£2008
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Restore the Pile

Renew Stalls Carpeting

Renew Stalls Carpeting

Hard-wearing needle-punch carpet with spun polypropylene backing along nave stalls (cost / m). [52m in total]
£4051
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Cheer Up a Cherub

Winged Cherubs on Aisle Arch Corbels

Winged Cherubs on Aisle Arch Corbels

Moulded cherub face with gilded wings beneath aisle arch ribs and cornice with gilded cyma reversa waterleaf moulding. [12 in total]
£3509
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Polish a Pineapple

Lobby Pineapples

Lobby Pineapples

Carved and gilded oak pineapples wreathed in acanthus cup, set on North and South door lobby oval pediment tops. [4 in total]
£250 

Sign Up for a Portland Stone

Aisle Wall Slabs

Aisle Wall Slabs

North, south and east elevations of the aisles, with splayed Portland stone window reveals and painted gypsum plaster faces. [2860 in total]
£302859
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Nave Arcade Spandrel Stones

Nave Arcade Spandrel Stones

Portland stone blocks in nave arcades and triangular spandrel panels above together with continuous blocks in impost string course against ceiling vault along full length of nave. [350 in total]
£60349
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West Wall Masonry Blocks

West Wall Masonry Blocks

Portland stone blocks in west wall including architraves to Stair, Store, Porch and Organ apertures; lower string course, upper respond cornice course with gilded dentils and water leaf cyma reversa; Minstrels Gallery with oval niche recess and open pediment aedicule from Tower. [816 in total]
£40816
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Valet Our Saints & Tudor Treasures

St Bride

St Bride

Eight feet (224cm) tall plaster sculpture executed in 1957 by sculptor David McFall.
RESERVED FOR AUCTION
St Paul

St Paul

Eight feet (224cm) tall plaster sculpture executed in 1957 by sculptor David McFall.
RESERVED FOR AUCTION
St Bride

St Bride

Brass Medieval lectern rescued from the church by parishioners after the evening service and, very soon afterwards, following the bombing on 29th December 1940, by breaking in through the West doors. This was the only item of value they were able to salvage before the interior was consumed by fire.
RESERVED FOR AUCTION

Let the Sun Shine In

St Bride

Sanctuary Stained Glass Window

The great East window reconstructed in the 1990s, built with lead cames, reamy glass quarries and new ferrementa; the only glazing in the church with any colour.
RESERVED FOR AUCTION