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The Spital Sermon

An earlier Spital Sermon.jpg

The annual “Spital Sermon”, on the theme of “The Spread Of Truth”, will take place today in the church of St Lawrence Jewry, with the Lord Mayor, the Court of Aldermen, the Common Councilmen, the Governors of the Bridewell and Christ’s Hospitals, and pupils from Christ’s Hospital School  in attendance (it takes place today so as to coincide with a meeting of the Court of Common Council in the nearby Guildhall).

The sermon has been preached every year since the late fourteenth century by a bishop invited by the mayor:  formerly at the open-air pulpit at St Mary Spital in Spitalfields; subsequently, after the pulpit was destroyed during the Civil War,  at St Bride Fleet Street and Christ Church Newgate Street; and latterly, after Christ Church was damaged during the  Second World War, at St Lawrence.  Its original purpose was to raise awareness of, and donations and bequests to, the Spital, which was founded in 1197 for the care of the sick.


St Michael Bassishaw

Demolished in 1900

Demolished in 1900

Another in the occasional series on churches built by Wren after the Great Fire of 1666 that have been lost  since …

St Michael Bassishaw was originally built in around 1141, and rebuilt in the fifteenth century.  It was burnt  down in the Great Fire of 1666, and rebuilt by Wren in 1676-9, only to be allowed to fall into disrepair, and to be declared an unsafe structure in 1892, and demolished in 1900, when the parish was merged with St Lawrence Jewry.

A Corporation “Blue Plaque” marks the former site of the church.   The weather-vane salvaged from the church still survives, atop St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe.  An early nineteenth-century painting of the church by William Pearson also survives,  in the Guildhall Art Gallery. A “Museum of London Archaeology Service” monograph  deals with the finds from the church.

Blue Plaque at the site of the church, near the Guildhall

Blue Plaque at the site of the church, near the Guildhall


Property Boundary Markers

I’ve had a number of questions about property boundary markers recently.
Most of those I’ve seen in and around the City of London have been parish boundary markers.  The most common types of these are brass plaques affixed to buildings, typically a little above head height – here are some examples:
St Katherine Cree
St Lawrence Jewry

St Mary Le Strand
St Stephen Coleman Street
St Clement Danes
(The anchor on the St Clement Danes plaque, the Katharine Wheel on the St Katharine Cree one, and the gridiron on the St Lawrence Jewry one, allude to the respective methods by which the nominate saints were martyred; the encircled cockerel on the St Stephen Coleman Street plaque, alludes  to the “La Cokke on the Hoop” brewery that stood on Coleman Street in the fifteenth century). 
At least one that I’m familiar with, though, is in the form of a carved inscription more or less at street level 
Christ Church (and St Sepulchre)
And another is reminiscent of a milestone.
St Clement Danes and St Dunstan in the West
Brass shields bearing coats-of-arms also mark the boundaries of the properties of the livery companies. 
Armorers’ and Brasiers’ Company
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