World War Two and the Present Church
On the night of the 16th April 1941 the church was bombed and gutted. All that remained of the original building was the exterior walls, Crypt and tower.
After much delay, it was decided that it would be restored “stone for stone and brick for brick” to the original Wren designs.
The present building was opened in 1961 with its new status as a Guild Church, a church without a parish designed to serve the local working community.
The church was used by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist – Bill Sykes looks up at St Andrew’s tower, and by Iris Murdoch in Under the Net, who copies Dickens – though from where her character stands it is almost impossible to see St Andrew’s.