Preludes & Vollenteries at St Clement Eastcheap

Posted on October 19th, 2018 by

From St Clement’s Lane. There’s no more direct view of the church. so it’s not surprising few people have visted, even though it is 20 seconds from Monument Underground

This section of 17th century limewood carving, with cherub, swag and fruits of the harvest, is set into the East Wall. It’s not clear where it came from, but it is striking

An extraordinary place to work. This tiny church has a huge 17th Century pulpit. The Reredos was ‘enhanced’ in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, but if you remove the pictures of saints and angel, is substantially the orginal

Wren always used the complete available footprints of his churches, even, as here, when that necessitated a triangular south aisle> The spectacular Corinthian columns and pilasters almost distract from the eccentric/charming offset – go to St Mary Aldermary to see him playing this game in the chance

The original pulpit cover, with a bizarrely caged dove, bringing the olive branch back to Noah.