The Guards Chapel

‘The Royal Military Chapel, St. James Park, known as the Guards Chapel, is the religious home of the Household Division at the Wellington Barracks in London. Constructed between 1839–40 in the style of a Grecian temple and restored in the 1870s, the chapel was bombed during the Blitz in 1940/1941.  On Sunday 18 June 1944 the chapel was hit again, this time by a V1 during the morning service. The explosion of the V1 collapsed the concrete roof onto the congregation, with 121 killed and 141 injured persons (military and civilians).  Using the memorials from the old chapel as foundations, in the 1960s it was rebuilt in a modern style [by Bruce George of George Trew and Dunn Architects]. In 1970 it was given Grade II* listed status.’  Wikipedia

Photo: Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London, April 2010

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