Did you know… St. Bride’s spire supposedly inspired a local baker to make the world’s first three-tiered wedding cake.
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Being so close to Fleet Street, St. Bride’s church has become known as the parish church of the nation’s papers. There are several memorials to journalists killed-in-action here – most recently during the Gulf War of 2003.
There is also a memorial tree for Reuter’s photographer Dan Eldon, whose diaries formed the cult book The Journey Is The Destination.
Archaeologists believe that the original building may have occupied the same spot as London’s first-ever church – built by St. Bridget in the sixth century AD.
This building succumbed to the Great Fire in 1666, and was rebuilt soon after by Christopher Wren. Sadly, his famous three-tiered
wedding cake spire was the only substantial part of the building to survive the Blitz.
The crypt now contains a small museum with relics from these previous buildings, and the rich history of printing.