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A little Eden in the heart of the City

The story of the church of St Dunstan-in-the-East, surviving and not surviving disaster after disaster since its foundation around 1100. Expect the devil having his nose burnt, the Great Fire doing its worst, and Samuel Pepys narrowly avoiding a couple of armed rogues.

Samuel Pepys’s Cheese at Seething Lane

Flames are racing towards your house: what do you save? In 1666, Samuel Pepys prioritised his cheese.

Refugee Scholars in 1930s London

Scholars fleeing the burgeoning Nazi Party find a safe haven in 1930s Bloomsbury.

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The Restless Dead at St Pancras Old Churchyard

St Pancras Old Churchyard has a turbulent past, from body snatching to an unexpected walrus. Memorials in the churchyard recall the invasion of the railway, which gave the writer Thomas Hardy one of his earliest, and most gruesome jobs.