St Mary Aldermanbury Garden, London

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St. Mary Aldermanbury was a church in the City of London first mentioned in 1181 and destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rebuilt in Portland stone by Christopher Wren, it was again gutted by the Blitz in 1940, leaving only the walls standing. In 1966 these stones were transported to Fulton, Missouri, by the residents of that town, and rebuilt in the grounds of Westminster College as a memorial to Winston Churchill. Churchill had made his Sinews of Peace, "Iron Curtain" speech in the Westminster College Gymnasium in 1946.
The footprint of the church remains at the junction of London's Aldermanbury and Love Lane, planted with bushes and trees; to this footprint has been added a memorial plaque placed by Westminster College. The gardens also house a monument to Henry Condell and John Heminges, key figures in the production of the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays and co-partners with him in the Globe Theatre. Condell and Heminges lived in the St. Mary Aldermanbury parish and were buried in its churchyard. This monument is topped with a bust of Shakespeare. The remains of the church were designated a Grade II listed building on 5 June 1972. The monuments are separately listed.
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  • This is a small garden on the site of a church burned in the Great Fire, then a Wren church that was bombed and then dismantled for shipping and reconstruction on the campus of Westminster College, Fu...  more »
  • This is a Saturday review. The number of seats says that on weekday lunchtimes it's probably packed! It's very small (maybe 20x20m) but has a couple of trees and some dense planting. And a memorial to...  more »
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  • St Mary Aldermanbury Garden is a former Church of England church and largely destroyed in the Second World War, leaving only the walls standing. The walls were transported to the US and rebuilt as a memorial to Churchill. The ruins are now a public garden and all the remains of the church is the footprint above ground. Would be a nice little sitting garden in Central London if it wasn't so far from the main attractions. Plenty of benches if you really wanted to come take a seat here.
  • Small well-tended garden with an impressive array of shrubs, hedges, a patch of lawn and a shady canopy of varied trees. A congregation of benches cheek to jowl here with Shakespeare, I suspect, eavesdropping on your chit chat. Situated immediately behind City of London Police building.
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