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    IN LONDON A NEW BUILDING THREATENS TO SPOIL THE VIEW OF THE WEST FRONT OF ST.

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    IN LONDON A NEW BUILDING THREATENS TO SPOIL THE VIEW OF THE WEST FRONT OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN BRITAIN HAVE WRITTEN TO THE HOUSING MINISTER PROTESTING AGAINST THE EIGHT-STOREY OFFICE BLOCK NOW BEING BUILT. THEY CLAIM THAT IT WILL SPOIL ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS VIEWS OF ST. PAUL'S -- THAT FROM LUDGATE HILL. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) A LUNCHTIME PROTEST MEETING WAS HELD ON THE SITE OF THE NEW BUILDING - ABOUT 400 PEOPLE ATTENDED.

    YESTERDAY THE HOUSING MINISTER WROTE A FIRM LETTER TO PRIVATE OBJECTORS TO THE NEW BUILDING SAYING THAT AS IT WAS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPROVED PLAN HE COULD NOT CONTEMPLATE TAKING ACTION TO STOP ITS COMPLETION.

    THE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS WHO PLANNED THE BUILDING ARGUE THAT IT IS BEHIND THE ORIGINAL BUILDING LINE, ESTABLISHED BEFORE CHRISTOPHER WREN BUILT ST. PAUL'S IN 1667; AND THAN EVEN TWENTY YEARS AGO THERE WERE TOW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS 80 FEET HIGH AND SLIGHTLY FORWARD OF THE PRESENT SITE.

    WHAT YOU CAN SEE OF THE CATHEDRAL DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU STAND; COMING FROM FLEET STREET TO THE BOTTOM OF LUDGATE HILL YOU CAN'T SEE THE NEW BUILDING AT ALL BECAUSE THE ANGLE OF THE STREET ALLOWS A VIEW OF ONLY PART OF THE NEWLY CLEANED WEST FRONT.

    OUR CAMERAMAN TOOK THESE SHOTS FROM EITHER SIDE OF LUDGATE HILL SHOWING HOW MUCH THE NEW BUILDING WILL INTERFERE WITH THE VIEW OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAG8WEWWUTWF9KWTFMMLWLXNT0
    Media URN:
    VLVAG8WEWWUTWF9KWTFMMLWLXNT0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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