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Thursday 5 July 2018 10.28am
1928 parliamentary debate on the tower

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Saturday 7 July 2018 6.57pm
Where exactly was St Olaves church on Tooley street. Was it where the entrance to Potters field is now?
Saturday 7 July 2018 9.15pm
There are markers in the pavement showing where St Olav's church was in the pavement in the part of Tooley St by St Olaf's house.
Sunday 8 July 2018 10.39am
marion wrote:
There are markers in the pavement showing where St Olav's church was in the pavement in the part of Tooley St by St Olaf's house.

I believe the results of the competition for a design to 'improve' the triangular area at the corner of Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill just by St Olaf's House are due out soon.

It's a pity none of the five shortlisted schemes seem to include a monument to St Olaf, patron saint of Norway, who not only gave his name to the vanished church AND to Tooley Street itself (something like 'Saint Olly street' > 't olly street'), but (long before he became a saint) was said to have pulled down London Bridge during a battle. Surely someone who should be remembered locally.

Or perhaps they could bring back the drinking fountain from Tanner Street park and erect it here!
Sunday 8 July 2018 7.57pm
Does anyone know the timetable for the implementation of the fountain restoration plan?

The top of the structure comprises four large stone slabs, one of which cracked in half a couple of years ago and is continuing to deteriorate and sink into the structure. Unfortunately a second slab has cracked in the heat over the last month. A circular stone which sits on the the four slabs at the very centre of the structure has crumbled into several pieces over the last few weeks.

It needs some urgent TLC!
Saturday 15 December 2018 2.16pm
This is the proposed text for the interpretation board to be installed next to the fountain:

This Grade II listed structure was originally the turret at the top of the tower of St. Olaf’s Church on Tooley Street visible on the photo from 1918.

This had been constructed from Portland stone in 1737 to a design by Henry Flitcroft. By the early 20th century the church had fallen into disrepair.

Permission was granted in 1918 to demolish part of the church with the stipulation “…that provision should be made for the preservation of the tower thereof and for the maintenance of a portion of the site of the old church and of the said churchyard as a public open space and for the perpetuation of the name of St. Olave in connection with such site.”

Subsequent development of the riverside around Hay’s Wharf meant that a request was submitted to demolish the tower.

After fierce debate in Parliament, consent was given for the tower to be demolished but on the condition that Bermondsey Borough Council should use some of the proceeds from the sale of the church land in Tooley Street to establish a recreation ground in nearby Tanner Street and that, as an acknowledgment of the original church, the turret/cupola should be retained as a drinking fountain.

The current structure is visible at the top of the tower on the etching from 1928.

The Drinking Fountain in turn fell into disrepair but was restored in 2018 by Southwark Council as part of the restoration and upgrading of Tanner Street Park.

For the full PDF see 18/AP/3930 on the planning register

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