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Blitz Bombsite became Goldsmiths’ Garden in the heart of the City of London

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There is a quaint hidden garden tucked away next to a medieval church site of St John Zachary in the City of London called the Goldsmiths’ Garden.

Goldsmiths Garden
Goldsmiths’ Garden

The garden is opposite Goldsmiths’ Grand Hall buildings in Foster Lane, sitting on the corner of Gresham Street.

The Great Fire of London destroyed the churchyard of St John Zachary in 1666. Some centuries later the area received significant bomb damage during the London Blitz during World War Two.

Plaque Blue Corporation of London "Site of ST John Zachary Destroyed in the Great Fire 1666
Plaque Blue Corporation of London “Site of ST John Zachary Destroyed in the Great Fire 1666
Goldsmiths Garden corner of Gresham St
Goldsmiths Garden

Out of the bomb damage in 1941, firemen laid out a garden. It became the Goldsmiths’ Garden and won an award in 1950 for the best garden on a Blitz site.

In 1995-95 Anne Jennings redesigned the garden. We can see the Gold Leopard Cat emblem of Goldsmiths around the park. It has benches and a fountain and a unique statue

The Artists

The Artist Wilfred Dudeney created this Statue “Three Printers” The only memorial stone to commemorate Newspapers in the UK. It used to be in New Street Square in Holborn before being moved to Goldsmiths Garden in 2009.

Three Printers Sculpture the only uk statue to Newspaper Industry
Three Printers Sculpture the only UK statue to Newspaper Industry
Three Printers Sculpture info plaque. Artist Wilfred Dudeney, the only uk statue to Newspaper Industry
Three Printers Sculpture info plaque. Artist Wilfred Dudeney, the only UK statue to Newspaper Industry

Where can I find this interesting place?

 

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