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St. Clement Danes

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Identification

St. Clement Danes
the Central Church of the Royal Air Force
251144

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]

Usages

church

Facts

  • The spire was added by James Gibbs in 1720.
  • The church is situated on a prominent island in the centre of the Strand.
  • The church is Grade I Listed.
  • The church sits on a site which has been occupied by Christian churches for over 1,000 years.
  • The church was gutted by fire following a World War II bombing raid in 1941 and rebuilt by the Royal Air Force as their central church to commemorate air force personnel killed on active service.
  • The north façade exhibits bomb blast damage.
  • Somewhat controversially, a statue of Arthur 'Bomber' Harris (who masterminded the saturation bombing of German cities) is situated outside the church.
  • The church floor is inlaid with around 800 Royal Air Force unit badges fashioned from slate.

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Location

Strand
Strand
WC2
London
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

158.79 ft
158.79 ft
1680
1682

Involved Companies

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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