St. Faith’s, Stepney

I have several times been intrigued and baffled by the survival of an apparently medieval arch built into the side of a 1920s housing block on the north side of Shandy Park, a nondescript park created in 1885 as a playground by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association on the site of Captain Barber Beaumont’s old Burial Ground.   It is all that survives of St. Faith’s, a mission church opened in 1891 under the auspices of St. Dunstan’s.   The church was damaged by bombing in 1940 and demolished some time afterwards.   The arch is all that survives:-

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