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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: the lantern tower seen from along a flying buttress

RIBA2553-10
Frederick Gibberd & Partners
NOTES: This building comprises three independent types of structure: an in-situ reinforced concrete frame which holds together the main body of the cathedral; the sixteen load-bearing brick or concrete perimeter buildings, and the flat slab of the outdoor podium supported by concrete columns of load-bearing brick walls.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: pyramid of one of the heavy concrete roofs over Lutyens's cantilvered staircase to the crypt in the foreground with the cathedral behind

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Frederick Gibberd & Partners
NOTES: In 1930 Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design the second Roman Catholic cathedral to contrast with the Gothic Revival Anglican cathedral of Giles Gilbert Scott being erected on the other end of Hope Street from 1904. Construction on Lutyens's massive structure began in 1933 but was suspended in 1941 due to wartime restrictions. Work recommenced on the crypt in 1956 and it was completed in 1958. Thereafter Lutyens's design was considered onerously expensive and was abandoned with only the crypt complete.

The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, City of London: Four Per Cent (later Old Dividend) Office

RIBA2765-20
Donald Insall Associates
NOTES: The Bank interiors were restored by Donald Insall Associates.

Coal Exchange, Lower Thames Street, City of London

RIBA5301
Bunning, James Bunstone (1802-1863)
NOTES: This building was demolished in 1962.

The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, City of London: close-up of the caryatids around the lantern in the Four Per Cent (later Old Dividend) Office

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Soane, Sir John (1753-1837)
NOTES: This photograph, taken prior to the rebuilding of the bank, comes from the Francis William Troup archive held at the RIBA Library. Troup was a consultant architect to the Bank of England and prepared designs for the rebuilding of the Threadneedle site in 1920. The commission was given to Sir Herbert Baker in 1921 with whom Troup worked initially as supervising architect.

Old church of St Mary the Virgin, Woburn, Bedfordshire: the seventeenth century tower and adjacent Victorian mortuary chapel

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NOTES: The old church of St Mary the Virgin was pulled down in 1868 and a mortuary chapel was erected on its site with the materials. The tower was built or rebuilt in the 17th century by Sir Francis Staunton.

St Lawrence, Mereworth, Kent

RIBA6723
NOTES: This church was built for John Fane, Earl of Westmorland, and its design has been attributed to Colen Campbell, James Gibbs, Thomas Archer and Roger Morris. The spire is a copy of St Giles-in-the Fields, London, by Henry Flitcroft.

St James Garlickhythe, Upper Thames Street, City of London

RIBA6850
Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)
NOTES: This church, known as 'Wren's Lantern', suffered relatively minor damage during World War II, repairs to which were carried out in 1954. Such works led to the discovery of death-watch beetle in the roof timbers, and the Church was closed until 1963.

St James, Bilton Park Street, Teignmouth, Devon: the octagon and lantern

RIBA6891
Patey, Andrew (1783-1834)
NOTES: The octagon was designed by William Edward Rolfe, a pupil of Sir John Soane, and built by Exeter architect, Andrew Patey, in 1817-1821.

St Lawrence, Ludlow, Shropshire: the lantern tower seen from the crossing

RIBA6919
Blomfield, Sir Arthur William (1829-1899)
NOTES: This large cruciform church was largely rebuilt in Perpendicular style during the 15th century. The tower was restored in 1889-1991 by Sir Arthur Blomfield.

St Chad, St Chad's Terrace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

RIBA6921
Steuart, George (1730-1806)

Frauenkirche, Neumarkt, Dresden

RIBA8162
Bahr, Georg (1666-1738)
NOTES: This image of the Frauenkirche was captured prior to the Second World War, in which it was badly damaged by bombing.
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