July 2nd – On this day in 1462, “old” St Paul’s cathedral received a new spire.
|Model in the Museum of London, showing the new spire.|
Almost exactly 100 years later, the spire was destroyed by a fire after being struck by lightning.
|Detail from Visscher Panorama, 1616|
‘New’ St Paul’s is visited, although not entered, on our Wednesday morning walk “Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn – Fanfare and Plainsong”, Wednesday afternoon walk “St Paul’s to Westminster – Priories, Palaces and Parliament”, Friday morning walk “London Wall – A Story of Survival” and Friday afternoon walk “Tower to Temple – The Heart of the City”.