Friday, August 9, 2013

Saint Mary-le-Bow Church, London

Saint Mary-le-Bow, in the centre of London, has had a troubling history, as have most churches within the centre of the British capital. This church was founded in or around 1080 as the London headquarters of the Archbishops of Canterbury. It survived three devastating collapses, before being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt it; however it was again destroyed in WW II. It was finally rebuilt and (according to a plaque within the entrance of the church building) reconsecrated on ‘the 11th June 1964 by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Robert, Lord Bishop of London in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’.

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