Friday 13 November 2009 12.17am
Lang Rabbie wrote:
Given the date, my only thought is that is might be following the Georgian convention for overly Latinate inscriptions and the I in fact stands for Iohannes and it is a boundary marker between the parishes of St Olave and St John Horsleydown.
I saw this thread yesterday and stayed up far too late looking up local history on the internet. (Well, I suppose it's not local history for me now, seeing as I'm on the other side of the world...) This morning it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up, and I was thinking, "Where's Lang Rabbie when you need him?" And then I saw that you had posted!
Anyway, I thought it was a boundary marker between the two parishes as well, assuming that its at the top end of Druid Street
that adjoins Tooley Street
(that part of Druid St used to be called Parish Street).
In "The City and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark and Parts adjacent" (1827), Thomas Allen says, "The bounds of this parish [St John, Horsleydown] are as follows: commencing at St. Saviour's dock, it pursues a southerly course, through Russel-street [now Tanner street] and Church-street [now part of Tower Bridge Road
], to Artillery-lane [now Druid Street
] and Crucifix-lane, up Bermondsey-street, down Tooley-street to Potter's-fields, and from thence to the Thames."
(Interestingly, Stanford's map of parish boundaries published in 1877 shows the boundary to be slightly different to that described above, putting what is now Potters' Fields into the parish of St John, but as Potters' Fields used to be the churchyard for St Olave's that seems a bit odd to me, unless the boundary was changed between 1827 and 1877.)
So where exactly is the marker, Jane?