I. Snart was ‘ere 1799

A C. Pegge and an L. Beltis clearly had intentions of leaving their mark on a winding staircase within St Paul’s cathedral in late eighteenth century
St Paul’s Cathedral, London: built by court architect Sir Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Hardly what you’d imagine to be a graffiti mecca. But, if you’re brave enough to climb the 500 or so steps to the Golden Gallery (the highest viewing point at the top of the dome) then a wealth of subversive scrawls and monogrammed tagging awaits you. And the best ones – by a country mile – are over 200 years old.

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