Another in the occasional series on churches built by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666 that have been lost since …
St Matthew Friday Street was originally built around 1261. It was burnt down in the Great Fire of 1666, and rebuilt by Wren in 1681-7, only to be demolished in 1881, when the parish was merged with St Vedast-alias-Foster.
Only some parish boundary markers survive at its former site. Some salvaged interior fittings also survive, in St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe and St Vedast-alias-Foster.
Sir Hugh Myddelton (1555-1631), one of the architects of the “New River”, was buried in St Matthew’s, where he had served as a warden. Concerted attempts to locate his coffin and monument following the church’s demolition were ultimately unsuccessful.