TQ3480 : St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road

taken 8 years ago, near to Stepney, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road
St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road
Nicholas Hawksmoor designed three churches in east London after the passing of the Fifty New Churches Act, 1711. They are unlike any other buildings in the country. Hawksmoor was one of the triumvirate of great Baroque architects during the brief flowering of the style in Britain (with his erstwhile partner, John Vanbrugh, and Thomas Archer). His churches show off the sculptural qualities of Baroque - whereas conventionally a structure would be seen as consisting of blank walls with holes punched in for doors and windows, Baroque can be seen as a way of making this distinction more fluid, with recessions and projections from the wall so that it no longer appears to be providing such a distinct framework. That said, Hawksmoor was his own man, and many of the details, such as the four smaller turrets, were a fusion of ancient precedents and his own imagination. It was built 1714-29. Grade I listed.
The interior was gutted during the Second World War, but reconstructed in a modern idiom in the early 1960s. It now also houses a nursery, and Montessori school in the crypt.
Some close-ups here: TQ3480 : Detail of St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road (1), TQ3480 : Detail of St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road (2) and TQ3480 : Detail of St George-in-the-East, Cannon Street Road (3).
His other east London churches: TQ3681 : St Anne, Commercial Road and TQ3381 : Christ Church, Commercial Street.
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Date Taken
Monday, 12 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 18 March, 2012
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Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3473 8078 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5936N 0:3.5969W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3470 8075
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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