Building St Paul’s: no swearing!

#Picture Number HS116

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a foreman and builders at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, reading the architect Christopher Wren’s notice forbidding swearing. ‘Whereas among labourers and others, that ungodly custom of swearing is so frequently heard, to the dishonour of GOD and contempt of His authority; and to the end that such impiety may be utterly banished from these works, which are intended for the service of GOD, and the honour of Religion, it is ordered that profane swearing shall be a sufficient crime to dismiss the labourer that comes to the call: the Clerk of Works upon sufficient proof, shall dismiss him accordingly. By order: Christopher Wren.’