Ship Public House with the bomb-damaged belfry of St Olave Hart Street on the left, City of London
|Dell & Wainwright
|AP98/14 (DWN 8807)
|Black and white
|Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
|Churches ; Belfries, bell towers ; Ruins ; Inns, public houses ; Bomb sites
NOTES: A third of the City's buildings were destroyed by aerial attack between September 1940 and March 1945. The church of St Olave's, built in Perpendicular Gothic style, dates from c.1450 with the tower being added in 1732. It was one of the few churches to escape the Great Fire of London in 1666, but was ironically gutted during the Blitz by enemy action in 1941. It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1950 and was fully restored in 1954.
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