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St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, City of London: the steeple towering over a bombsite

RIBA Ref No RIBA24054
Architect/DesignerWren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)
Artist/PhotographerDell & Wainwright
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1683
Image Date1940
Library ReferenceAP Box 891 Gibbs / D&W 8751
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditArchitectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
SubjectBomb sites ; Churches ; Spires ; Towns & cities
NOTES: A third of the City's buildings were destroyed by aerial attack between September 1940 and March 1945. Much of the church of St Mary-le-Bow was destroyed by a bomb on the 10th May, 1941. It was designated a listed building in 1950 and rebuilding began in 1956 under the direction of Laurence King. It was reconsecrated in 1964.

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