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A stately exploration of the history of St Paul's Cathedral in London, with a focus on the architecture and individuals buried there, and the impact of the Blitz.
Britain's national shrine
'A picture of St. Paul's Cathedral, past and present. Old St. Paul's; St. Paul's rebuilt by Wren; St. Paul's the shrine of an Empire's heroes–– Nelson, Wellington, Roberts, Kitchener, Jellicoe, Beatty.
The film shows recent historic occasions, and the great Dome riding high above the blitz of 1940. It ends with a thanksgiving service on the steps of the bomb-scarred Cathedral.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
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