On winter days we browsed through the bookshops, and regularly spent part of our lunchtime strolling in St Paul's or pausing to gaze with wonder at the painting The Light of the World. On one occasion a woman artist began copying this masterpiece, and I watched its progress with rapt attention. Always, just to sit awhile in the cathedral's peaceful atmosphere helped one to regain a sense of proportion about the busy life we led and some of its problems.
I revisited the area after its post-war 'restoration', and left feeling a sense of horror at its empty, lonely, and remote atmosphere. Mr Glancey's solution is the real one: allowing public and private enterprise to redevelop the site on a piecemeal basis, as was done in the past, to what it was before 1939.
E. G. PHILLIPS
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