Oldest synagogue in the UK threatened by 20 storey tower

One of England's most important religious buildings, the 18th century grade I listed Bevis Marks synagogue, is under threat from plans to build a 20 storey tower next to it. SAVE Britain's Heritage has objected to plans for the tower, which would affect the setting of the synagogue, which is in London.

The synagogue has served London's Jewish community for over 300 years and has large windows and fine interiors which are original. The concern is the synagogue will be overshadowed and lose the natural light that currently floods into the building.

SAVE Britain's Heritage are recommending a downscaled version of the tower and develop a more sympathetic approach to its historic neighbor. A planning decision is expected later in the Spring.

More on this story and see photos of the synagogue's historic interior here

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