A Secret Garden In the Heart of London

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When I found out St. Dunston’s in the East had a secret garden not far from the Tower of London, I had to check it out.

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St. Dunston’s in the East, (don’t you love that name?) was built in the middle ages, 1100 AD, and expanded in 1391. It cost twenty-four hundred pounds to repair it in 1631. Murphy’s law being ironic by nature, the church burned down in the devastating fire of 1666. An unlucky run of 6’s in a bad year for a Christian church, don’t you think?

The church was repaired in a Gothic style adding flying buttresses and a spire. That became a problem. Mistakes were made.

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The structure couldn’t support the nave (vaulted) roof. By the 1800’s, the weight had pushed the walls from being properly perpendicular by precisely seven inches. St. Dunston’s reconstruction started in 1817 and reopened in 1821, accommodating six to seven hundred parishioners.

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Then World War II arrived, devastating London. A bomb hit St. Dunston’s during The Blitz of 1941. The damage was so severe, the Anglican Church decided not to repair it.

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The ruins of the church became a garden and opened to the public in 1971.

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Hence, my walk in the rain.

St Dunstons in the East

This is the quintessential spot for Instagrammers, wedding photos, or a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a large city.

It’s a secret garden.

Have you been to a secret garden? Have you been to London? Do you like to walk in the rain? Colorado girls love rain… and snow. Lot’s of snow.

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  1. It’s amazing what you can find in these sorts of places. I still remember one time I was in Utrecht, went through a door in an ordinary wall near St Martin’s Cathedral, and – woah! An amazing early-modern garden. You could imagine how it would have been in the seventeenth century.

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  2. That is one doomed structure for sure. I have never been to London, but I do have a soft spot for secret gardens. If I ever go to London and stay there long enough, my feet will surely find their way to this quiet beauty. Till then, I will have to remain content with the photos of Colorado girls posing in the rain.

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  3. Why I have never been to England, but by 1971 I had been taken and shown the inside of the walk – in – wardrobes of two lovely blondes. Although one young lady was Persian, the other young lady was from Lancashire. Does that count’? 🙂

    You are quite the adventurous illustrator and author indeed Susie.

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  4. What a delightful surprise it must be to come across a secret garden. Ever since I read a book of that name, I’ve been fascinated by secret gardens. I’ve been to London but never seen this garden. If I evr go again, will put it down on my list of places to visit as I love gardens

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  5. This is cool. I’ve been to London, but I never knew about St. Dunston’s in the East. What a shame because I’d love to see something like this in person. It must have been quite the place in 1821 if it had space for 700+ parishioners. That’s a lot of people in one place for that era.

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    1. What really surprised me is how close it is to tourist traps but no one was there. It rained, but tons of people were out and about that day. You can see how people might walk right by! Shhhh! It’s a secret! 😀

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  6. I have stories of my past Susie, Hot incredible ones. 🙂 but they’re as this blog of yours is, are all about secrets made and secrets forever kept. 🙂

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  7. 🙂 Our Secret Garden here in Oregon is Belknap hot springs resort, if you stroll across the arched wooden bridge over the beautiful Mackenzie River across the waters there is a path, shared by doe and fawns, this will surprisingly lead one into a vast secret garden. One where damsels’ chase Dragonflies, it truly is a place where Monet must be.

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  8. I’ve been in gardens I have labeled “secret,” but none quite this special, I’m sure! And on the rare occasions I have enough rain to speak of, I think a good walk is wonderful. 🙂

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  9. What a romantic story – I’d love to visit this secret garden. I also love that city turned the ruined church into a garden – a perfect way to continue to enjoy the structure without repairing it once again.

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