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27 February 2009

See the Church that inspired a thousand wedding cakes

St Brides Church, which calls itself "The Cathedral of Fleet Street", is just off Fleet Street in the City and was another church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The distinctive spire was added shortly afterwards in 1701-1703, and subequently lost it's top when it was struck by lightning in 1764.

Legend has it that it was this spire that inspired the modern wedding cake, when local baker, William Rich, used the design in his confectionary business.

We are also told that, buried at St. Bride's is Robert Levet, who was imortalised by the author Samuel Johnson (whose quote gave inspiration to this blog) in his poem "On the Death of Mr Robert Levet".

The closest tube stations are St Paul's and Blackfriars. For more information on St Brides visit the website at http://www.stbrides.com/.

^Picture from Wikipedia under Wikimedia Commons^

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