Strand, London

St Mary le Strand in Strand, London. I assume that this photograph was taken in the 1930s, or possibly earlier. The church is situated at the eastern end of Strand in the City of Westminster. It stands on what was (until August 2022) a traffic island, north of Somerset House.

The church is the second to have been called St Mary le Strand, the first was a short distance to the south. The date of its foundation is unclear but it was mentioned in a judgment in 1222. The site occupied by this church (construction began in 1714) was formerly occupied by a maypole – the centre of May Day festivities during the 16th and 17th centuries. The pole had severely decayed by the early 18th century. The church was finally consecrated on January 1st 1724.

The church had been threatened with demolition at the beginning of the 20th century, and avoided destruction during the London Blitz in WW2 – although there was some damage from a nearby bomb.

Image: Photographer unknown

The church in January 2023. The traffic island has been replaced by a pedestrian zone.

Image:© TimeViews Steven Miell

A merged version of the two images. Use the slider in the centre.

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