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.
The site of the church is visited on our “Lost Wren churches” themed special.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of this web-site.