How St Paul's Cathedral Survived The Blitz
Herbert Mason, chief photographer at the Daily Mail, was fire-watching on the roof of his office in Fleet Street during the Blitz when he captured this famous image. The extraordinary scene shows the dome and bell towers of St Paul's surrounded by a maelstrom of billowing smoke generated by the burning city.
After their last meeting on 8 May 1945 it was suggested that they should reform into a new group to continue their friendship and love of the cathedral, which would eventually form the basis of the Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Without this love and dedication for their Cathedral, it is likely that St Paul’s would not have survived the ‘Second Great Fire of London’.