St Vedast-alias-Foster

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Parish Church of St Vedast-alias-Foster

St Vedast is an Angli­can church in the Catholic tra­di­tion, sit­u­at­ed on Fos­ter Lane in the City of Lon­don. This author used to imag­ine that St Vedast was a mod­est man of God who went around pre­tend­ing to be some ordi­nary bloke called Fos­ter, but it turns out that Fos­ter is an Eng­lish cor­rup­tion of Vedast, who was a sixth-cen­tu­ry French bish­op.

The church is tra­di­tion­al­ly claimed to have been estab­lished by 1170. It has been altered, enlarged and restored many times and prob­a­bly rebuilt at least twice, the last time by Christo­pher Wren after the Great Fire of Lon­don. It was com­plete­ly burnt out dur­ing the Blitz and restored in the mid-1950s.

The pho­to­graph below shows the now spooky-look­ing cheru­bim carved on the key­stone above the west front door by the stone­ma­son Edward Strong in the 1690s, a job for which he charged £5. The beau­ti­ful and ornate church inte­ri­or is much bet­ter pre­served.
St Vedast alias Foster cherubim