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Monument: Paternoster Square column

Erection date: 2003


{No inscription nor any explanatory plaque, that we have found.}

It's certainly a vent shaft for the car park beneath, but this column, or rather the flaming urn, is apparently also a memorial, according to the developer's website, to both the Great Fire of London and also the fire and destruction wrought in the area by the WW2 Blitz.  We wonder if the panels of running water are a reference to the putting out of the fires.  (Just a pity there are no facilities for drinking water.)

That website also says: "The column itself is a recreation of those designed by Inigo Jones for the west portico of the old St Paul’s. Destroyed during the construction of Wren’s present day cathedral, replica columns of almost identical proportions and design can still be viewed at the west, north and south porticos."  So we have decided to broaden the scope of this memorial to include the old St Paul's Cathedral.

The form of this edifice - a column topped with a flaming urn - makes it a modern version of that great Great Fire memorial, The Monument.

Site: Paternoster Square column (1 memorial)

EC4, Paternoster Square

At the time of the Great Fire Paternoster Row was known for the mercers' shops selling various textiles. By the 19th century through until WW2 the street was the centre of London's publishing trade.

2018: The sculptor Richard Parry hates this column.

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Old St Paul's Cathedral

From Engineering Timelines : "The present St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Si...

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The Blitz

During WW2 Britain came under heavy bombing from Germany for 8 months, 1940-1...

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Great Fire of London

Started on a Sunday morning. After 4 days the destruction included: - an area...

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World War 2

Sorry, we've done no research on WW2, it's just too big a subject. But do vis...

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