2. St George-in-the-East, Wapping, 1714- 1729

St George-in-the-East, Wapping, was destroyed in the WWII blitz of London’s Docklands. A small church re-opened in the West end of the ruins in 1963, but the site retains a rather sad aura. The Church was riven by disputes in the mid 19th century between high-and-low church clerics which boiled over into the “St George Riots.” Eventually the violence and craziness was brought to an end by Rev Thomas Hughes, later famous as the author of Tom Brown’s Schooldays.