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Spiral Staircase - Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury - National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri | by Nikon66
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Spiral Staircase - Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury - National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri

This spiral stairway is located in the Church of St. Mary, Aldermanbury, on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is part of the National Churchill Museum commemorating the famous "Sinews of Peace" or “Iron Curtain” speech that Winston Churchill gave at Westminster College in 1946. The speech is famous for marking the beginning of the Cold War.

 

The church is nearly 1,000 years old and was transported stone-by-stone from London, England to Fulton, Missouri, after it had suffered extensive damage in World War II during the bombing of London. Founded in the late 12th century, the church was a place of worship for William Shakespeare and John Milton. On December 19, 1940, the church took a direct hit by an incendiary bomb during the bombing of London. After standing as a ruin for twenty years, St. Mary, Aldermanbury joined a list of churches slated for demolition when it came to the attention of Westminster College President Dr. Robert L. D. Davidson, who had read an article in Life Magazine on war-ravaged churches scheduled for demolition. Davidson thought that moving one of the churches to Westminster College would be a way to commemorate Churchill’s famous speech. Actor Richard Burton was a major promoter and donor, and approximately $2 million was raised for the project. Between 1965 and 1967 approximately 7,000 stones were carefully labeled and shipped from London to Fulton, Missouri, via boat and rail. Thereafter, another two years was required for English woodcarvers to recreate the interior, working from pre-war photographs. The project was referred to in the media as the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the history of architecture. The church now serves as a chapel for the College, with the Churchill Museum below.

 

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Taken on September 14, 2012