St. Mary-le-Strand (1)

Yesterday, I had the utmost pleasure in seeing the newly pedestrianised Strand. Some things do get better. One of the great pleasures is that St. Mary-le-Strand is open and easily accessible instead of being a blackened traffic island surrounded by buses. There is also an intriguing performance of its history inside which, so far as I could tell, was very well informed, giving a feel for the recruitment of Gibbs instead of Vanbrugh. It doesn’t sound altogether plausible that Wren packed the Commission with Tories who would support Gibbs over Vanbrugh, but I liked the narrative nonetheless:-

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