Take a moment to relax in St Dunstan in the East
London, Greater London
Relax in the grounds of this historic church, and enjoy the gardens growing through the ruins.
The Church of St Dunstan was originally built around 1100 and is a Grade I listed building.
In 1391 a new south aisle was added and in 1666 it was severely damaged by the Great Fire of London. Rather than being completely rebuilt it was patched up - a steeple and tower was added in 1695-1701 by Sir Christopher Wren. The Church was again severely damaged in the Blitz of 1941 but Wren’s tower and steeple survived.
During the re-organisation of the Anglican Church after World War II it was decided not to rebuild St Dunstan, and today it is a secluded and atmospheric City garden for all to enjoy. Those with green fingers will appreciate the range of plants wending their way around the ruins: the walls and majestic windows have been draped and decorated over time with Virginia Creeper, Ornamental Vine and Vitis Coignetiae.
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