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St. Martin within Ludgate (London)

St. Martin within Ludgate is one of the fascinating churches in the City of London.

It is situated on Ludgate Hill, halfway up between the site of Ludgate and St. Pauls Cathedral.

The origial church was founded in the Anglo-Saxon period, according to legend by the Welsh king Cadwallon in the 7th century.

This church was among the many destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It was rebuilt by Christopher Wren, with the assistance of Robert Hooke.

It has a beautiful spire, which is prominent in views up the hill towards St. Paul`s, more so since the removal of the railway bridge.

The writer Samuel Purchas was Rector here.

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