St Dunstan-in-the-East, City of London

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A tranquil city hideaway

St Dunstan-in-the-East church and churchyard have been transformed into an amazing city garden, tucked away within the financial district of London. 

The shell of the church and some of the inner walls still remain and the care and attention that has been taken in the planting of this open air church is amazing.

Looking up at the tower of Saint Dunstan's in the East church ruins that is now home to gardens have enjoyed by visitors and city workers alike

St Dunstan-in the East

The Church of St Dunstan was originally built around 1100 and was extended in 1391. 

It has been repaired and rebuilt over many years and was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. 

Pudding lane where the heart of the fire started is just a few streets away.

Between 1695 and 1701 Sir Christopher Wren added a steeple and a tower, which still stands today. 

However, in 1941 during the Blitz in the Second World War the rest of the church took a huge hit, it’s amazing under these circumstance how much of the church remains today. 

In 1950 the ruin was designated as a Grade II listed building.

Christopher Wrens's Tower, St Dunstan’s in the East, City of London, UK

Christopher Wrens's Tower

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A new purpose

In 1967 the City of London decided to utilise this space and turn it into a tranquil retreat and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

In Spring 2015 the ruins of this medieval church were given a new lease of life and has been transformed into the peaceful oasis it is today.

Wandering between the inner church walls you will come across several secluded alcoves and recesses with numerous places to sit and while away time.

A place of tranquility, St Dunstan’s in the East, City of London, UK

A place of tranquility

With large overhanging trees there are plenty of shady corners to retreat to during the English summer sun.

A shell, St Dunstan’s in the East, City of London, UK

A shell

Within the central nave is a wonderful circular fountain trickling peacefully whilst being surrounded by the original churches arched windows.

No longer are these dramatic window frames housing stained glass, but with foliage creeping amongst the crevices and cracks.

Strolling through the surrounding churchyard in and amongst the foliage you would be forgiven if you did not believe you were in the heart of the City of London. 

Life clings to the ruins, St Dunstan’s in the East, City of London, UK

Life clings to the ruins

Through the window, St Dunstan-in-the-East, City of London, London

Through the window

The ghostly eeriness of the lingering ruins and the years of history and lives that have passed through this church, conveys a strong feeling of presence of times gone by.

There's even St Dunstan-in-the-West, which is along Fleet Street by the Inns of Court.

Have You?

Visited the City of London and discovered any of its tranquil hidden gardens? Take a stroll to Postman's Park, which is also steeped in history.

Inspired to visit St Dunstan-in-the-East?

Find this little oasis within the hustle and bustle of London's financial district, go take a look!

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