Another glimpse into London life and history
Originally posted on London Unveiled:
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.
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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