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CHRISTS HOSPITAL

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  BLUE COAT SCHOOL
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Christ’s Hospital was founded in 1547 reusing the buildings of the Greyfriars. The former church became parochial. Much of the hospital was severely damaged in the Great Fire. The Great Hall, formerly the refectory, was rebuilt in 1680, and the Eastern range, or dormitory, in 1705. The Whittington Library in the North range appears to have survived the Great Fire, but was demolished in 1827. Wren built the Latin School over the South cloister walk in 1682. This was the sole remaining fragment of the Mediaeval Greyfriars until it was demolished in 1902, when the hospital moved to Surrey, and the General Post Office was built over most of the site. Wren rebuilt the quire as Christ Church in 1687-1704. Accounts at the time make it clear that the Mediaeval church was removed to foundation level. The church was destroyed in the Blitz in 1941. A keyhole excavation in 1976 located the South side of the quire.

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