St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe EC4

This lovely church is on Queen Victoria Street, a busy thoroughfare in the City of London.

St Andrew by the Wardrobe EC4, 29th December 2021 2pm. 10″ x 7″ in Sketchbook 11

This church was first recorded in 1244, destroyed in the fire of London 1666, rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1685-93, then destroyed again in the 1939-45 conflict, rebuilt again, and re-hallowed in 1961. It is now closed for refurbishment, and due to reopen in May 2022. When it re-opens it will become the London Headquarters of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, this use being shared with the Anglican parish activities. I read this news on the church website.

Note the magnificent trees! These trees should feature on any London Tree Tour. I think they are larches but I am not an expert.

Yesterday, London was quiet. I sketched the church from podium level on Baynard House on the other side of the road. Baynard House is a 1970s office block currently occupied by BT (British Telecommunications, as was). Next to St Andrews on the East is the Church of Scientology. On the West side of St Andrews is a cocktail bar, Rudds.

Baynard House, where I was sketching, is a strange and mysterious place. There is a podium-level walkway through the block. There are odd structures, like remnants of a lost civilisation.

The church has a steeply sloping garden, with a wooden crucifix, just visible in the drawing. This looks across to the “seven ages of man” sculpture on Baynard House.

Looking South from St Andrews towards Baynard House, “Seven Ages of Man” sculpture by David Kindersley is visible in the centre of the picture.

Walking up St Andrew’s Hill, I passed the “Cockpit” pub, on the site of Shakespeare’s house. It had a notice outside: “Staff and Customers Wanted“.

2 thoughts on “St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe EC4”

  1. Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Looks brilliant-your sketch. I wonder if this Church is visible from the Tate. Have you read “Mudlarking” which is very entertaining on the history of the Thames and objects contained therein?

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    1. Hello and thank you for your comment. I will have a look next time I’m at Tate Modern. It could well be visible from the top of the Tate. Lower down it will be obscured by the mass of Baynard House.

      I haven’t read “Mudlarking”. Is that the book by Lara Maiklem?
      Rambling on the Thames foreshore is always a delight. At some states of the tide there is a vast area of space out there. Very liberating! I had a wonderful time last summer exploring the beaches of Wapping:
      https://janesketching.com/2021/06/16/the-captain-kidd-wapping-e1/

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