Archive for September 29, 2016

 

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The original church on this site was part of the Franciscan Monastery which occupied this area. It was the 2nd largest Medieval church in London.  It had a strong royal connection and those buried within its building or grounds included:

Marguerite of France, Queen of Edward I

Isabella of France, Queen of Edward II

Joan of the Tower, Queen of Scotland

Princess Isabella, daughter of Edward III

Princess Beatrice, daughter of Henry III

The heart of Eleanor of Provence, Queen of Henry III

The medieval church became a parish church following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666  and was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren.

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One of the wall capitals

One of the wall capitals

The rebuilt church was destroyed on the night of 29th December 1940 during one of the heaviest nights bombing of World War II. There were no plans to rebuild the church and the site was acquired by the corporation of London and laid out as a garden.