Throwback Thursday: The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens, London

St Margaret Pattens is a church near the Monument to the Great Fire of London. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687 though records date a previous church on the site from 1067.

The spire is 200 feet high and as such Wren’s third highest. Interestingly the church’s name of Pattens is said to come from wooden shoes that were worn outdoors over a normal shoe. They helped people walk above the mud and dirt (and other things!) of London’s streets. Parishioners would have been asked to remove them on entering the church.

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