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St George in the East Church

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Parish Office London E1 0BH 14 Cannon Street Road The Highway, London E1 0BH England
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Barry S wrote a review Aug 2017
St. Albans, United Kingdom867 contributions313 helpful votes
These are two interesting churches....one new one built within the walls of the other. The original church was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in April 1941 during the Blitz. The original church was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. From the outside the church is interesting (striking?) to look at. Inside the new church it is bright and airy with an 18c font and a couple of small paintings.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Roddy P wrote a review May 2017
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa803 contributions167 helpful votes
Build in the structure of the partially destroyed, Hawksmoor church seems at first a smaller, modern poor replacement. However, go inside and get a sense of a wonderful community church working hard to uplift the spiritual and material conditions of the local community. Spend time looking at the exhibit on women in the community and struggles against exploitation and oppression - very interesting and informative - match girls and strikes, women in politics...
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Abbotsbury92 wrote a review Nov 2016
Chevy Chase, Maryland912 contributions296 helpful votes
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Few people know about Nicholas Hawksmoor's St. George-in-the-East church. It's a really splendid piece of work, however and worth making a trip to see, even if it isn't as impressive as his Christ Church Spitalfields masterpiece. The first thing you notice is the steeple, which has an unusual coronet of columns at the top and a beautiful integrated design that pulls its elements together. I also like the slightly weird dual pepper pots on either side of the nave roof. German bombing destroyed the interior of the church during the WW II Blitz. It was rebuilt and is interesting as a courtyard separates the front entrance of the church from the new glass-fronted nave. Beware that this part of Shadwell can be a little dodgy. I visited the church late on a Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.), having concluded several days of business meetings in the City, and having walked five minutes from the Shadwell Overground station (the Shadwell DLR station, where I caught the DLR back to Bank Station) is another couple minutes further.) It was daylight on a partly cloudy afternoon. Some families and small children were relaxing and playing in the church yard as well as some loitering youth. On my way back to the DLR station, however, I ran across a couple young men taking drugs in a secluded doorway of an adjacent building. So be aware of your surroundings. I would certainly not wander around here after dark (and I'm an extremely fit, muscular man.) Having said that, I've visited many of Hawksmoor's and Wren's churches in the City. The setting and architectural features of this one, however, made it really memorable. I'd go out of my way to visit it if you like classic British church architecture. And, as always, invest GBP10 in Ian Nairn's classic "Nairn's London" if you want to get the most out of London buildings such as this one. (Or look it up on Google Books; part of the book is on there.) His paragraph on this church is wonderful preparatory reading.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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