Monday 3 March 2014 5.44pm
My query is inspired by the request for more info on Leathermarket Gardens
Following the 1861 fire and demolition of St. Olave's church in Tooley Street
the bell turret on top of the tower was preserved as a drinking fountain in Leathermaket Gardens. I have not been able to get up close to it but from pictures it languishes desecrated and unappreciated today. Who wants to drink water when there is plenty of cheap booze about?
Can anyone tell me when, how and why it got there? It is probably too much to expect the council to improve its preservation. Perhaps it should be moved to a museum for safe keeping.
St Olave's, I should explain was unique in the borough as the only church dedicated to immigrants, particularly glass makers, after the Abolition of the Monasteries in 1539 when Catholicism was made illegal.