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17 February 2020The Rebuilding of the Town of Ypres after its total Destruction in the Great War
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The Rebuilding of the Town of Ypres after its total Destruction in the Great War Christopher Chanter Monday 17 February 2020

By 1918, the Flanders mediaeval city of Ypres was in ruins. Out of 10,000 buildings, only 2 remained more or less intact. The great Cloth Hall representing the ancient wealth of the city was a hollow shell reduced to half its height. St. Martin's Cathedral also had just its reduced walls and a shattered interior.
The lecturer will show old photographs from before the First World War, during it, the reconstruction, which took 40 years, and finally the fully restored city now. The lecturer’s wife has personal memorabilia from her family, and a couple of fascinating photographs, and he will tell why it all adds to a poignant and atmospheric but hopeful hour.