The towerThe tower stands north of the body of the church, to which it is connected by a vestibule. The church proper, three bays wide with a barrel-vaulted interior, is in red brick.
|The lowest story of the belltower is square with an impressive door on each of the two outer faces. Each is set in a niche emphasized by channelled vousoirs, flanked by Doric columns, and topped with an entablature on which sit two carved children.|
The BelfreyThe belfrey has round-headed windows on each side and Ionic pilasters emphasizing the corners.
|A balustrade tops the square tower providing a transition to the round steeple. The corners of the tower have elaborate scrolls, topped by urns, which also lead the eye upward.|
The round steepleThe square tower is topped by a round tempietto with a colonnade, then twelve reversed consoles around a circular core (Wren's invention of the "bows" which gave the church its name). Then there is a second square tempietto with small Corinthian columns, more consoles and the obelisk.
|The bell tower is the tallest designed by Wren. It is 230 feet (70 metres) tall. The dragon weather vane at the top is 9 feet long (2.7 metres). The interior construction of the bell tower is also complex.|
Stephen Humphrey. Churches and Cathedrals of London. New York: Contemporary Books (a division of McGraw-Hill), 2000.
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