Taking its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary's Spittel founded in 1197, Spitalfields lies in the heart of the East End of London and right beside Liverpool Street station.
At the opposite end lies Hawksmoor's Christ Church, consecrated in 1729 its striking white facade is due to the Portland stone that was used. Luckily this beautiful building has survived despite going through a period of neglect when the roof was declared unsafe and the then Bishop proposed its demolition in the 1960s.
Dipping into my Guide of London, Galleries, Palaces and Tea, by David Backhouse. I found out that the monument had been built on the site of the first church St Margaret's that was burnt down by the fire. Its base is 202 ft from where the fire broke out and is 202 ft tall.
It also commemorated the huge success of Londoners who rebuilt their city within the space of just a few years. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, they disagreed as to what should go on the top. Wren thought there should be a statue of King Charles II and Hooke, a crown of fire.
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