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Hidden treasures from the crypt of St Bride's

Hidden treasures from the crypt of St Bride's

Leslie Carr (1891-1961)

As we continue to tidy our historic Crypt forgotten treasures have been revealed.

Latest to turn up is a picture which captures one of the key moments in our 2000 year history by British artist Leslie Carr (1891 - 1969).

Leslie Carr was an artist renowned for the iconic posters that he produced for major UK railway companies in the mid-20th century, and for the illustrations he produced for children's books on railway themes. During WWII, like a number of other professional artists, he served as a member of the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service).

We were delighted to discover an original oil painting by Carr of firefighters tackling the flames that engulfed St Bride's, as a result of the bombardment on the night of 29th/30th December 1940 which left the church in ruins. Covered in inches of dust, it was found in a dark corner of the ossuary (bone room).

The painting is to be cleaned and restored then return to take its place in our collection as both a fine painting and a fascinating part of our history.

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