St. Mary Aldermary, London

The Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary is located on Watling Street in the City of London. It is medieval in origin and was rebuilt in 1510. It’s name may derive from ‘older Mary’ so as to distinguish itself from other churches of the same name.

During the Great Fire of 1666, it was badly damaged with parts of it’s tower and walls surviving. It was mostly rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren in the Gothic style which was unusual for him. A legacy of £5000 had been left for the rebuilding of the church by a Henry Rogers, and it is said that his widow agreed for this to be used for the reconstruction stipulating that it should be a replica of the previous building.

The church has an aisled nave, six bays long, with a clerestory and pointed arches, which is typical of the Perpendicular style. There is also a magnificent fan-vaulted plaster ceiling designed by Henry Doogood, one of Wren’s most talented craftsmen. This was restored in 2005 and cleverly floodlit.

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