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St. Dunstan-in-the-West

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St. Dunstan-in-the-West


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  • The first church to occupy this site was built between 988 and 1070AD, and unusually survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 when the Dean of Westminster roused forty scholars who extinguished the fire with buckets of water.
  • 17th century Flemish craftsmen were responsible for the high altar.
  • From 1624 to 1631 St. Dunstan's benefice (property attached to the church) was held by the poet John Donne, whilst William Tyndale (credited with translating the Bible into English) was a lecturer at the church.
  • St. Dunstan's is known for its magnificent clock, which dates from 1671 and was the first public clock in London to have a minute hand. The courtyard also contains a statue of Queen Elizabeth I, which dates from 1586 and is the only one known to have been carved during her reign.
  • The founder of the State of Maryland, Lord Baltimore, was buried here in 1632.
  • Beginning in 1831, the original St. Dunstan's was replaced, having become too old and unfit for its purpose. The new church, built in the neo-gothic style, was designed by John Shaw. The tower was damaged by Nazi bombs in 1944 and rebuilt in 1950.
  • As well as being an Anglican church, St. Dunstan’s is home to the Romanian Orthodox Church in London. There are also altars dedicated to the Lutheran Church in Berlin, the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian and Syro-Indian Churches and a shrine of the Lutheran and Reformed Churches.

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Fleet Street
Fleet Street
City of London

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129,92 ft
129,92 ft

Entreprises participantes

John Shaw
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