Saint Stephen, Walbrook

Sir Christopher Wren
1672-77; spire, 1717





Tower base and entrance portal

This odd entrance is the result of an unusual site so that Wren placed the body of the parish church in the interior of the city block. See plan. Wren was also experimenting with a centralized plan and designed a coffered wood and plaster dome for the interior. The dome rests on eight arches, supported by groups of Corinthian columns.
 

Left: entrance door; center and right: the tower

The door to the right of the tower, beneath an oval window decorated with a stone garlanded swag, leads up a flight of stairs to an entrance, designed as a western apse. Like many of the late steeples Wren designed, this one uses grouped columns with entablatures broken forward.


See this site for views of the interior, and a plan and section.

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