Since the beginning of the Church, two thousand years ago, sermons have been preached: that is, public oratory designed to connect the text of the Bible with the lives of the hearers and with contemporary events.
This pulpit, like many created during Wren’s era, was built with a sounding board above it to enable the preacher’s voice to be heard clearly throughout the building. Originally, it stood further towards the centre of the church, on the edge of the aisle, in a more dominant position.
The pulpit, sounding board and desks (see below) were made by the joiner William Grey and were probably carved by him as well. They cost the large sum of £208. Grey worked in many of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches and some of the royal palaces, and he was one of the leading craftsmen of his day.
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