99 Bishopsgate (Location of 1993 Bishopsgate Bombing)

The site of the bombing itself took place on the street rather than within an address in Bishopsgate, at the time—and still today—a leading financial center of London. The site of the explosion is most closely associated with the skyscraper 99 Bishopsgate, across the street from the medieval St. Ethelburga’s church (“Bishopsgate Bomb”). According to The New York Times, the bomb created a 15-foot-wide crater in the road and created a mushroom cloud that could been seen throughout London (Schmidt). The church was massively damaged by the blast, and 99 Bishopsgate across the street also suffered significant damage (Schmidt). The nearby National Westminster tower—at the time one of the tallest skyscrapers in London—had many windows shattered to the ground, and Liverpool Station required significant repairs as well (Schmidt). Repairs to the various damaged components of London’s financial district cost £350 million in total (“BBC on This Day”). Ultimately, St. Ethelburga’s church—a medieval building which had survived the Great Fire mostly intact—had to be entirely rebuilt, finishing construction ten years later following a significant restoration effort, now called the St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (“St Ethelburga’s”).


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24 Apr. 1993, http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/24/newsid_2523000/2523345.stm. Accessed 17 Apr. 2023.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-43878479. Accessed 17 Apr. 2023.

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The New York Times, 25 Apr. 1993, https://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/25/world/1-dead-40-hurt-as-a-blast-rips-central-london.html. Accessed 17 Apr. 2023.

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https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/architecture/city-churches-and-religious-buildings/st-ethelburgas-centre-for-reconciliation-and-peace. Accessed 17 Apr. 2023.