St. Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London

A church was founded here during the great Anglo-Catholic revival of the mid-Victorian period. The church, designed by William Butterfield, opened in 1863 but was utterly destroyed by a bomb in April 1941, leaving only smoking ruins. The original church was built in an area of terrible destitution.

The church was subsequently rebuilt on a smaller scale by Adrian Gilbert Scott, grandson of Sir George Gilbert Scott and was finally reconsecrated in 1961, although to be honest the result looks less like a church and more like a school building.

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