St. Dunstan in the East. London, England.

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St Dunstan’s Hill, London, EC3R 5DD

The church was originally built in about 1100 and was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rather than being completely rebuilt, the damaged church was patched up between 1668 and 1671.  A steeple was added in 1695–1701 to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. It was built in a gothic style sympathetic to main body of the church, though with heavy string courses of a kind not used in the Middle Ages.

The church was then severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941. Wren’s tower and steeple survived the bombs’ impact. Of the rest of the church only the north and south walls remained. In the re-organisation of the Anglican Church in London following the War it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan’s, and in 1967 the City of London Corporation decided to turn the ruins of the church into a public garden, which opened in 1971.

Information and Hours of operation can be found online.

Photographed July 2016.

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