City of London
Today, St. Mary-at-Hill presents a rather dour and unexciting face to the world. Squashed down a small side street, the entrance barely has the look of a Wren church. Nevertheless it is a Wren church we are looking at dating to the first set of rebuilds of the early 1670s. The tower was added in 1780 and is not Wren and the interior was heavily rebuilt in the 1840s by James Savage.
Much of this history was swept away when the Church was gutted by fire in the Blitz and then destroyed once more in an even more disastrous fire in 1988. It is one of the very few churches in the City which has yet to be fully restored and could be considered somewhat neglected. It is also the closest church to the source of the Great Fire of London in Pudding Lane to have survived intact (St. Martin Orgar is closer but only the tower remains).
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