Spitalfields, ephemeral and enduring

As we gear up for issue two of Umbrella’s production week, we thought we’d take a bit of time off to go and wonder at the awe-inspiring architecture of Christ Church, Spitalfieds in London’s East End. The area is now deluged by semi-irritating trendies (ie people like us who we pretend we’re not like), but still holds some of the mystery and even, malevolence from times past. Not for nothing was this where the Ripper struck.

If you want to know more about the Hawksmoor-designed Christ Church, we’d urge you to read Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell – the graphic novel crammed with folklore, psychogeography and more murder than is strictly good for your health. Until then, enjoy the pictures – we’ll be exploring more of Hawksmoor’s work in a future issue.


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