St. Andrew Undershaft ~ a survivor of the Great Fire & Blitz

This is a post from a blog that I discovered today via mapswordlwideblog which I follow.

London Unveiled

ST Andrews Undershaft 1

Located in the heart of London’s financial centre, next to the Lloyds Building and towered over by the Gherkin, is St. Andrew Undershaft.  This church is easily lost among the iconic architecture that surrounds it and thus often goes unnoticed.  Yet as one of only a few complete medieval churches in London, this Gothic building is worth a visit.

St Andrew interior

Undershaft:  Before the advent of addresses, places were often given descriptive names to assist people in finding them.  But with one of the more unusual church names in London, the natural question is why ‘undershaft’?  In the early 1500s a massive maypole stood on the land adjacent to the church.  This giant pole, or shaft, was likely taller than the church, which lead to the expression ‘undershaft’ being added as a descriptive to St. Andrew’s church.  For more history on maypoles click here.  The maypole was erected annually in…

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Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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