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London: Ruins of St Dunstan in the East

Status: Listed Grade I
Architect: Ephraim Beauchamp, Christopher Wren, David Laing, Sir Herbert Baker & Scott, Seely & Paget Partnership
Location: St Dunstan's Hill, London

The College of St Dunstan was founded in around 1100. The church was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666 and the nave repaired in the following years, its outlines can be found on a map of 1677. The Gothic steeple was built in 1695-1701 by the mason Ephraim Beauchamp to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren. A private benefaction led to the re-building of the main church in 1817-21, designed by David Laing(1774-1856). The church was gutted by bombing in the Second World War; the spire was reconstructed by Sir Herbert Baker & Scott in 1953. In 1967-71 the garden was landscaped by the Corporation of London Architect’s Department. The tower was restored by the Seely & Paget Partnership in 1970 for use as a rectory, in the same year the tracery of the church was restored.

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