St Alban Wood Street. Offa, King of Mercia, was believed to have had a palace on this site which included a chapel.
Offa founded the abbey of St Albans (named after St Alban, who had been Britain's first martyr) in 793 and subsequently a number of churches were dedicated to St Alban in the City.
The church was rebuilt by Wren after the Great Fire, and subsequently destroyed during the Blitz leaving nothing but the perpendicular, pinnacled tower which now stands rather forlornly marooned on a traffic island in the middle of Wood Street, and dwarfed by surrounding developments.
Apologies for the terrible photo - was in a rush as a was due in a meeting 5 minutes after I took the picture!
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