i A watch on St. Paul's Cathedral, i London, to guard it against possibilities ol" fire caused by Gorman air raids, was organised in 1915 by Canon Alexander, I treasurer of the Cathedral, and^ Mr iMervvn Macartney, the architect, assisted by others. The watchers of Sir Christopher Wren's great masterpiece have been architects and other professional men, with guides, vergers, and workmen of the Cathedral staff. Bands of these, trained.by the London Fire- Brigade, have been on guard every night for more than three years, 10 or 15 being often present at one time. Many have attended two or three, nichts a week. A system of telephones from the crypt to the various roofs has made for united action. The Cathedral had some narrow escapes from German bombs, but the only damage from this source was a slight dent in the asphalt on the north sicle of the building. Twice it was struck by anti-aircraft shells, and one of these slightly damaged the roof of the gouttfi transept.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919
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