The Church of St Vedast Alias Foster

The Church of St Vedast Alias Foster, London

The Church of St Vedast Alias Foster

The Church of St Vedast Alias Foster
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The area
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Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • St. Paul's • 2 min walk
  • Mansion House • 5 min walk

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One_of_the_BOFs
Cheltenham, UK7,214 contributions
Delightful City of London church
Jan 2020
We discovered this delightful small church when exploring the area between St. Paul's and the Barbican. Luckily it was open so we got to see inside as well the adjacent small garden. The church has a very interesting history, especially its name.
Well worth a short visit if you are in the area.
Written January 12, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,091 contributions
Named after a French Augustinian Saint
Oct 2019 • Solo
The name of this church is a bit of a mouthful. Foster is the Anglicisation of ‘Vaast’ a French Saint whose cult arrived in England through contact with Augustinian clergy. The original church dating from 1308 had only been extensively repaired in 1662 before being substantially destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 only four years later. Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren between 1695 and 1701 but with its three-tier spire probably designed by Hawksmoor in 1709-12, it was gutted a second time in the 1940 Blitz. It was subsequently rebuilt within its old walls but with the interior substantially remodelled in a collegiate chapel style with seating down each side with a side chapel in what had been the south aisle. The architect Dykes Bower commissioned new stained glass windows in the east End commemorating the life and times of St. Vedast. He also built a Georgian style rectory adjacent to the church on Foster Lane in 1959.
Written October 12, 2019
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ViaBen
Greater London, UK755 contributions
Small and pretty City church
Sep 2019
St Vedast is a small but pretty church that shares the history of most City of London churches. Ancient origins, an obscure saint (the early medieval French Vaast), damaged during the Great Fire and restored by Christopher Wren, bombed during the Blitz and rebuilt in a traditional style in the 1960s.
Nice and colourful stained glass windows (with St Vedast and the bear) and unusual 'collegiate' seating.
Like most City churches it is often closed.
Written September 22, 2019
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PHE22
London, UK3,925 contributions
Windows
Jul 2019 • Solo
Popped whilst passing. An absolutely beautiful church tucked down a side street. Fantastic wooden pews and great stained glass windows. Friendly welcome at door.
Written July 11, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Beautiful courtyard
Jun 2019 • Solo
Despite knowing this church within a stone’s throw from St Paul’s Cathedral for many years, I had no idea that it has a lovely courtyard and semi-cloister accessible through a separate door from Foster Lane. This is such a peaceful space, so close to the bustle and noise of the City of London. Well worth a visit.
Written June 20, 2019
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hewiewright
London, UK63 contributions
A seldom visited stunner
Dec 2018 • Solo
Without doubt one of London's 10 finest churches, its just immaculate. Reminds me of a Cambridge college chapel in shape and style. Superb carving on the pulpit - Gibbonsesque - , fine reredos and some hidden beautiful plaster work. Do search out the courtyard garden to and find the Epstein on the wall, plus the memorial to the Polish freedom fighter from WWII - now THERE WAS A MAN. So poignant! Recommend you go directly thence to St Stephen Wallbrook and compare and contrast.
Written February 3, 2019
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Wraxall_Travellers
Bristol, UK1,020 contributions
Hidden Church and Lovely Courtyard
Jan 2019 • Couples
This church and courtyard are easy to walk past as I have done many times.

It is a Wren Church

The ceiling is a silver and gold, a combination I have not seen before. The layout of the pews was unsual too.

There is a collection of silverware

The outside courtyard is a great place to rest for a moment.

For a modest sum, you can pick up an information leaflet too.
Written January 21, 2019
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permia
Ireland37,261 contributions
Named for a French Saint
May 2018 • Couples
An imposing steeple is part of the attractive facade that has impressive stone craft work.

Within is attractively embellished while maintaining a tranquil atmosphere. The vista along the open nave is grand, with dark wooden tiered seating on both sides. A triptych with the ten commandments is behind the altar.

Towards the rear a grand organ is high over the entrance. Undoubtedly it produces stirring evocative music.
Written September 27, 2018
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sheepygold
london4,809 contributions
Fabulous Silver
Sep 2018
This really is a hidden gem that you can easily walk passed. It is like a different world inside with lovely carving and atmospheric lighting. There is some beautiful stained glass and a lovely collection of mainly 16th century Silver.
Written September 6, 2018
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,355 contributions
Uexpected
Aug 2018 • Couples
You are likely to stumble across this Christopher Wren church near St Paul's and it is worth looking inside. Beautiful stained glass and a bright simple interior. Unfortunately much of it is restored after WW2 so it is not original. It is a working church so there are plenty of activities if you attend regularly.
Written August 12, 2018
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