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Filename: aa57_00340.jpg

Size: 5322 x 3980 (3.1MB)

Date: 7th July 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

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Charles Church Plymouth a57_00340

CHARLES CHURCH, CITY OF PLYMOUTH. Exterior view from the south-east showing the ruins of Charles Church, which was burned out by incendiary bombs in March 1941. Photographed for the National Buildings Record in 1956

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Bomb Damage Parish Church Religion Ruin Second World War Stuart


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the haunting beauty of Charles Church in Plymouth, England. Standing tall amidst a backdrop of destruction, this once majestic parish church now lies in ruins, bearing witness to the devastating impact of war. Taken by Herbert Leo Felton for the National Buildings Record in 1956, this image offers a poignant glimpse into the aftermath of the Second World War. The exterior view from the south-east showcases the skeletal remains of Charles Church, which was tragically burned out by incendiary bombs in March 1941. Despite its dilapidated state, there is an undeniable sense of resilience that emanates from these crumbling walls. The intricate stonework and Gothic architecture still stand as a testament to the craftsmanship and dedication that went into constructing this place of worship. Once bustling with religious fervor and spiritual gatherings, Charles Church now stands as a solemn reminder of both human fragility and strength. It serves as a powerful symbol not only for those who lost their lives during wartime but also for those who rebuilt their communities from ashes. Herbert Leo Felton's skillful composition allows us to reflect on history's scars while appreciating its enduring legacy. This photograph invites us to contemplate themes such as loss, faith, and resilience – reminding us that even amid devastation, hope can emerge like new life sprouting through cracks in stone.

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