Visible by: Everyone
All rights reserved
The spire inspired the modern wedding cake, as local baker, William Rich, working across the River Fleet, modelled his wedding cakes on the spire. The name St Bride is much earlier however and derives from the second most important Irish saint St Bridget as the site of worship may have been founded by monks from Ireland, missionaries seeking to convert the Anglo Saxons. St Bridget is in turn believed to have been originally a pagan goddess to whom many holy wells are dedicated in Ireland and possibly the source of the name Bridewell for the palace that was built in this area. Her feast day is February 1 which is Imbolc - the first day of Spring in the pagan calendar.