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Filename: cxp01_01_080.jpg

Size: 6489 x 4851 (6.3MB)

Date: 19th August 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

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St Giles Cripplegate CXP01_01_080

St Giles Cripplegate, Fore Street, City of London. A view looking south-east across a bomb damaged landscape towards St Giles Cripplegate Church.
St Giles Church was badly damaged during the Blitz in 1941 and the immediate area around it was almost completely destroyed by bombing. The church was rebuilt in the 1950s and now stands at the centre of the Barbican Estate

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Media ID 22199949

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1940s Blitz Bomb Damage Destruction Loss And Loss And Destruction Medieval Parish Church Second World War Wasteland


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a haunting scene of St Giles Cripplegate Church amidst the devastation caused by World War II. The image showcases the church standing tall, its medieval architecture serving as a resilient testament to the strength and endurance of London's spirit. The bomb-damaged landscape surrounding the church paints a vivid picture of the destruction inflicted upon this historic area during the Blitz in 1941. The once-thriving neighborhood now lies in ruins, transformed into a desolate wasteland that echoes with tales of loss and destruction. However, amidst this bleak backdrop, there is hope. St Giles Cripplegate Church was painstakingly rebuilt in the 1950s, symbolizing London's determination to rise from its ashes and rebuild what was lost. Today, it proudly stands at the heart of Barbican Estate, an architectural masterpiece that has breathed new life into this once-devastated area. Charles William Prickett's skillful composition allows us to reflect on both the tragedy and resilience captured within this single frame. It serves as a poignant reminder not only of our history but also of our ability to overcome adversity and rebuild stronger than ever before. As we gaze upon this powerful image, let us remember those who suffered during these dark times while finding inspiration in their unwavering spirit to forge ahead towards brighter days.

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