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Discovering the Lost Churches in the City of London

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St Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan in the East

In medieval times there were over one hundred parish churches in the City. Today there is only about a third of that number. However with a bit of detective work it is surprising to discover what remains. 

St Pauls Festival Gardens

St Augustine's Tower stands next to St Paul's Cathderal

The story of the Lost Churches is really the history the City of London itself. The churches have been affected by disasters and re-development. Each church has its own unique story to tell.

While some of the churches have been completely destroyed others, such as St Augustine pictured above, still have visable remains such as their tower.

St Vedast

St Vedast

When some of the churches were demolished their artefacts were recyled or sold off. When St Christopher Le Stocks was demolshed in the 1780s, to enable the Bank of England to be extended, it's reredos (the screen behind the altar) pictured above, was removed to St Vedast.(open Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 11am to 4pm).  

Christchurch

Christchurch

Some of the Lost Churches have been transformed into delightful small gardens, such Christchurch and St Dunstan in the East, both pictured above.

If you've enjoyed the blog you can discover more on the The Mystery of the Lost Churches walk.

If you liked this you might like reading my blog about St Sepulchre, the largest church in the City of London. 

The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.