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St Giles Cripplegate FF003274 Featured Romantic Ruins Image

St Giles Cripplegate FF003274

The Church of St Giles and the Barbican Estate, City of London, 1962-??4. John Gay (1909-??99), cellulose acetate negative. The Church of St Giles in Cripplegate Ward dates from the 16th century, and it is associated with some of the nation'??s most significant historic figures, including Oliver Cromwell, the author John Bunyan and the poet John Milton. A bombing raid on 29 December 1940 reduced the church to ruins, and the neighbourhood was destroyed by fire. St Giles was restored by 1960 to become the parish church for the high-rise Barbican Estate, designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, and built between 1959 and 1982

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St Pauls Cathedral in bomb damaged surroundings AA093716 Featured Romantic Ruins Image

St Pauls Cathedral in bomb damaged surroundings AA093716

ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, London. The cathedral in mist with the snow-covered ruins of a bomb damaged building in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay in 1947

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Blitz, Cathedral, Cold, Mist, Snow

After the flood AA53_10717 Featured Romantic Ruins Image

After the flood AA53_10717

Lyn Valley Hotel, Lynmouth, Devon. A view of the hotel after the disastrous flood of 15/16 August 1952. This is one of a series of views of Lynmouth taken by James Nelson both before and after the event. Photographed in October 1952 for the National Buildings Record

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Flood, Ruin