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London: Ruins of Christ Church Greyfriars

Status: Listed Grade I
Architect: Sir Christopher Wren
Location: Newgate Street, London

The church was severely damaged in the Blitz on December 29, 1940, in one of the war’s fiercest air raids on London (seven other of Wren’s churches were also hit). The spire was disassembled in 1960 and put back together using modern construction methods. The surviving east wall was demolished in 1974 to make way for a widening of King Edward Street. In 1981, neo-Georgian brick offices were constructed against the southwest corner of the ruins, in imitation of the 1760 vestry house that had been in that place. In 1989, the former nave area became a public garden and memorial. The tower functioned as commercial space, although it has now been converted into a private residence, which was recently on the market at £4.5 million.

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