St Bride's Church
Fleet Street, EC4
Nearest Tube: Blackfriars
This church is one of the 50-odd churches that Christopher Wren built after the Great Fire of London. However, the history of the church goes back much further, for there have been places of worship on this site since before Roman times.
But St Bride's Church is most famous for its long association with the press, which has earned it the nickname 'Journalists' Church'.
This association dates back to 1535 when Wynkyn de Worde was buried in the church. Worde was the printer who brought the world's first printing press to Fleet Street, thus beginning the area's long association with the press.
Although the newspapers are no longer in Fleet Street, this church still has a chapel, which commemorates those journalists that have died for their profession. There is also a museum which traces both the history of church and that of the printing trade.
Interestingly enough the 226 ft high elaborate spire of this church is said to be the inspiration for the traditional tiered English wedding cake.
St Bride's Church is open daily but hours vary according to the day.
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