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St George in the East Christ Church, the church of, situated on the north side of Ratcliffe Highway, near the corner of Cannon Street. It is one of the 50 new churches appointed to be erected, by act of Parliament, in the reign of Queen Anne.  It was begun from the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor, in 1715, and finished in 1729.  The parish was taken from that of St. Dunstan, Stepney (see that church), and was in all respects rendered an independent parish.  The architecture is an original and massive style like all its eminent architect, and the spire or tower is eminently picturesque.  The church is rectory, the patronage of which like that of Stepney, is in the principals and scholars of King's Hall and Brazenose College, Oxford.  It is in the County of Middlesex, in the diocese of London, exempt from archdiaconal visitation...  There is a district church... in the parish...


[Adapted from: Topographical Dictionary London by James Elmes; published 1831]


 

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