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13 September 1990:  "Twice destroyed by fire, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury,
is part of the Winston Churchill Memorial. The church, which dates from the 12th century, was
redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren in 1677, after the Great Fire of London. Nearly three centuries
later a German incendiary bomb left it in ruin. Slated for demolition, Wren's graceful masterpiece was
saved by a bold idea. The structure would be rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College as a
permanent reminder of Churchill's visit to the college and his prophetic [1946 "Iron Curtain"] speech.
Stone by stone, architects and craftsmen dismantled the church and painstakingly reconstructed it
again at its present site."