Buried at St Bride's is Robert Levet (Levett), a Yorkshireman who became a Parisian waiter, then a "practicer of physick" who ministered to the denizens of London's seedier neighbourhoods.
Having been duped into a bad marriage, the hapless Levet was taken in by the author Samuel Johnson who wrote his poem "On the Death of Mr.
Until 1695, London was the only city in England where printing was permitted by law.
In the late 1580s, one Eleanor White, daughter to the gentleman artist and explorer John White, was married in St Bride's, to the tiler and bricklayer Ananias Dare.
One fortunate and unintended consequence of the bombing was the excavation of the church's original 6th century Saxon foundations.
1623) and the poet, Richard Lovelace (d.1658), as well as author Samuel Richardson (d.
1761) The wedding cake is said to date back to 1703 when Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice from Ludgate Hill, fell in love with the daughter of his employer and asked her to marry him.
It originally measured 234 ft, but lost its upper eight feet to a lightning strike in 1764; this was then bought by the then owner of Park Place, Berkshire, where it still resides.
The design utilises four octagonal stages of diminishing height, capped with an obelisk which terminates in a ball and vane.