St George in the East Church

St George in the East Church

St George in the East Church
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Neighborhood: Whitechapel
Whether you're here for its dynamic street life, world class galleries or famed curry houses, you're bound to be wowed by the uniquely cosmopolitan flavor of Whitechapel. Long gone are the days when Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. And despite his mysterious legacy bringing throngs of curiosity driven tour groups to its back alleys and otherwise serene garden squares, these days you're more likely to catch a cutting edge fashionista scurrying through its age old lanes than criminals of any sort.
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  • Cyprus • 4 min walk
  • Shadwell • 5 min walk
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Barry S
St. Albans, UK867 contributions
Aug 2017 • Business
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.
Written August 15, 2017
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa861 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
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...
Written May 19, 2017
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Abbotsbury92
Chevy Chase, MD912 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
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.
Written November 10, 2016
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