St. Anne’s, Underwood Road

The east end is full of surprises.   This is the Roman Catholic church of St. Anne’s, designed in the 1850s by Gilbert Blount, a pupil of Pugin, to bring catholicism to the Irish poor who had moved to east London as labourers after the potato famine.   The church and adjacent Presbytery, both built in Kentish ragstone, were in the heart of what was Mile End New Town and are now lost amidst an area of flatlands created by urban clearance and bombing, next door to Spitalfields urban farm.   This is the front door of the Presbytery:-

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And this is the door of the church:-

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Here is a boss:-

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And a pinnacle:-

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