Secret London: Part VI – The Secret Garden

Squeezed between modern financial services buildings in the City, a small lane leads to what appears to be an old church, St Dunstan in the East. But all is not as it first seems…

St Dunstan in the East is an example of what can be created and achieved from the ruins of disaster. The original church dated back to Saxon London of 950 AD. Situated only a few hundred feet from the start of the Great Fire of London – Pudding Lane – meant it didn’t stand a chance and was raised to the ground in 1666. But this meant that the greatest architect of the time, Sir Christopher Wren (designer of St Paul’s Cathedral) built a new church in its place, and his tower still stands proud today (see above).

But the rest of the body, or nave, of the church is now just an exposed shell – it was destroyed by a German bomb in the Blitz. However, as London was gradually repaired through the ’50s and ’60s this bomb-damaged husk was turned into something beautiful by making it into a public walled garden.

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4 thoughts on “Secret London: Part VI – The Secret Garden

  1. mrscribbs

    I have visited this garden and it is a remarkable find in they City of London. I like your photographs they do capture the very good planting on a shady site that gives an overwhelming green feel of the place.

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