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Portland stone

Friday 10 September 2010

I had somehow forgotten how many older London buildings are built of the lovely Portland stone. Yesterday was a day for visiting Sir Christopher Wren’s churches, each of them built of Portland stone by the barge load. Lucy and I started with St Paul’s Ca­the­dral where, for the first time, I climbed to the top of the dome. My legs are sore still​—​this was a climb equivalent to three very tall lighthouse towers stacked one on top of another. I am sad that I have no photos of the interior of St Paul’s​—​cameras are forbidden there, so the sanctity of the place is not degraded nor the quiet meditations of the visitors intruded upon.

An entrance to a handsome Portland stone building designed in 1935 by Edwin Lutyens, beside the alley off Fleet Street leading to St Bride’s Church. How many architects have bars named after them?

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