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.
Quote:TANNER STREET DRINKING 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.
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