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St Dunstan-in-the-West is the westernmost church in the City. The Great Fire stopped a few doors east and the church was not burned. However, it was entirely rebuilt about 1833
in the Gothic style. In the old church the poet John Donne was once vicar, and Isaac Walton, author of The Compleat Angler was a vestryman. Walton described how Donne would preach "in earnest, weeping sometime for his Auditory, sometime with them; always preaching to himself, like an Angel from a cloud...". On the exterior of the new church is a survivor from the old one - a famous oddity of a clock from 1670, described by Strype: "two savages or Hercules, with clubs erect, which quarterly strike the two bells hanging there.." The clubs still strike at the quarter hour. The church is used by the Russian Orthodox Church, and contains impressive iconic imagery.
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St. Dunstan-in-the-West some entries from the Book of Days…
The frame of the hour-glass of St. Dunstan's, Fleet Street, was of solid silver, and contained enough of the precious metal to be melted down, and converted into staff-heads for the parish beadles.
but a stranger scene took place at St. Dunstan's church on one occasion, during the performance of the marriage ceremony. The bridegroom was a carpenter, and he followed the service devoutly enough until the words occurred, 'With this ring I thee wed.' He repeated these, and then shaking his fist at the bride added, 'And with this fist I'll break thy head.' The clergyman refused to proceed, but, says the account, 'the fellow declared he meant no harm,' and the confiding bride 'believed he did but jest,' whereupon the service was completed.
'The much approved necklaces of Joynts, of the great traveller J. C., which absolutely eases children in breeding teeth, by cutting them, and thereby preventing feavers, convulsions, &c., are sold by P. Barrel, at the "Golden Ball," under St. Dunstan's Church, in Fleet Street.'—1679.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.