Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bell Tower & Walkie-Talkie

The bell tower of All Hallows-by-the-Tower with the 20 Fenchurch Street in background, London
The bell tower of All Hallows-by-the-Tower
With 20 Fenchurch Street in background
London, September 2016

“The church was badly damaged by an explosion in 1650 caused when some barrels of gunpowder being stored in the churchyard exploded; its west tower and some 50 nearby houses were destroyed, and there were many fatalities. The tower was rebuilt in 1658, the only example of work carried out on a church during the Commonwealth era of 1649–1660. It only narrowly survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and owes its survival to Admiral William Penn, father of William Penn of Pennsylvania fame, who had his men from a nearby naval yard demolish the surrounding buildings to create firebreaks. During the Great Fire, Samuel Pepys climbed the church's spire to watch the progress of the blaze and what he described as ‘the saddest sight of desolation’. Restored in the late 19th century, All Hallows was gutted by German bombers during the Blitz in World War II and required extensive reconstruction, only being rededicated in 1957.” (All Hallows-by-the-Tower, Wikipedia)

1 comment:

Changes in the wind said...

Very interesting and so glad it still stands.