St George in the East, a stunning Baroque church built by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the 1720s, was situated in an area where poverty and overcrowding were rife. The church was hit by a bomb during the Second World War Blitz on London’s docklands in May 1941. The original interior was destroyed by the fire, but the walls and distinctive “pepper-pot” towers stayed up. In 1964 a modern church interior was constructed inside the existing walls, and a new flat built under each corner tower. It also appeared in the 1980 film The Long Good Friday starring Bob Hoskins.
Behind the church lies St George’s Gardens, the original graveyard, which was passed to Stepney Council to maintain as a public park in mid-Victorian times.
Photographed July 2016.