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St Stephen Walbrook


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This small church was the founding home of the Samaritans. It is located in the City of London, located at 39 Walbrook Street, near the Bank and Monument Underground stations. The church is on the former site of the River Walbrook and was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672-80. It suffered slight bomb damage during World War II and was later restored. It houses two unusual items a Henry Moore's stone altar installed in 1987 and a telephone in a glass box, a tribute to the founding of the Samaritans at the church by the rector, Dr Chad Varah, in 1953. This voluntary organisation began with this telephone. The first Samaritans branch (known as Central London Branch) operated from a crypt beneath the church before moving to Marshall Street in Soho. Picture taken July 31st 2007.

5th Aug 2007 by Diane Earl

Geography, History

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