St Dunstan-in-the-East / City of London

St Dunstan-in-the-East / City of London
Photo Credit: Peter Trimming

One bombed-out ruin that has been positively re-imagined for the postwar world is the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East in the City of London. Now a public garden, the church was originally built around 1100, and was first damaged during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Patched-up in 1695 and partially rebuilt during 1817, the church served the Anglican parish of St Dunstan’s Hill for another 124 years before being gutted by German bombs during the Blitz of 1941. The tower, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, survived the bombs, along with the north and south walls.

In 1967 the City of London Corporation decided to transform St Dunstan-in-the-East into a public garden rather than rebuilding it. Opening in 1971, a lawn and trees were planted within the ruins, with a fountain placed in what was the former nave. The All Hallows House Foundation occupies Wren’s tower — via Urban Ghosts

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