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Bombed church ruins hidden in the city
As with many of the best places in the city, you’ll often find them in unassuming spots. St Dunstan in the East Church Garden is tucked down a side street, somewhere between London Bridge and the Tower of London.
Before it was bombed in the Second World War, rendering the majority of the building in ruin, the church was the result of centuries of extension and evolution, its origins as far back as 1100. It sustained massive amounts of damage in the Great Fire, and, while it has withstood some of the city’s greatest challenges, it became a costly exercise to maintain its splendour.
These days, it is now a public garden and a reminder of the destruction from the Blitz, since it was decided that it would not be restored, gaining Grade I listed status in the 1950s. It’s beautiful needle spire overlooks the lawn that often holds outdoor ceremonies and can also be hired for private events.
St Dunstan in the East
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