St Mary's Upper Street, Islington, London

Launcelot Dowbiggin, Sir Reginald Blomfield and Henry Seely (Lord Mottistone) and Paul Paget
Date Built
most recently rebuilt and rededicated in 1956
Upper Street, Islington
In the book, "A Guide to the Architecture of London", by Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward, St Mary's Upper Street is described as a "... curious architectural hotchpotch".  The elegant tower and spire are the only remnants of the building erected here in 1751 to a design by a local joiner, Launcelot  Dowbiggin. 

The Portland stone porch, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, was added circa 1904 and features a relief of the Nativity.

The church's history explains that, "... On Monday 9 September 1940, the third night of the blitz, a bomb hit the church and destroyed everything other than the tower and portico. The tower withstood the blast because of strengthening in the mid-1930s.  Immediately after the war finished the Vicar, The Revd Hugh Gough, set in motion plans for rebuilding. Henry Seely (Lord Mottistone) and Paul Paget were selected as architects but the funding took time and work only started in March 1954, and was carried out by local builders, Dove Brothers. The dedication of the new church took place on 17 December 1956."