If you have passed Bow Church recently you will have seen the scaffolding on the iconic 15th-century tower.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Borough of Tower Hamlets and others, the tower is undergoing its first renovation for almost a century.

Over the years, the gilding has peeled away from the clock, the cupola is falling to bits, and the stonework has become degraded, and crumbling in parts.

The tower has its own history, told by the stones in the lower levels – a mixture of Bath stone, Kentish ragstone, and Portland stone, all of which have been used over the centuries – with the bricks of the upper part used to rebuild following the direct hit from a WWII bomb.

Over the past few months, the work has cleaned away the coat of pollution which encrusted the stones of the tower and prevented air getting to them, repaired the stonework, restored the clock and revealed our historic tower in all its glory.

We may not be Big Ben, but we are at least as important to the East End!

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