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St Olaf House - plaque

St Olaf House St Olaf House - plaque
Inscription

On the ground occupied by this building stood formerly the church of St Olave. This church was founded in the eleventh century in memory of St Olaf, or Olave, king of Norway who in the year 1014 helped King Ethelred defend the City of London against the Danes. The original building survived until 1734 and was then rebuilt to the designs of Henry Flitcroft. It was damaged by fire in 1843 and rebuilt afterwards to the same design. It was demolished in 1928. The proceeds of the sale of that portion of the site vested in the Bermondsey Borough Council have been applied to the establishment of a recreation ground in Tanner Street, SE1.

The "recreation ground in Tanner Street, SE1" is Tanner Street Park.

Site: St Olaf House (2 memorials)

SE1, Tooley Street, St Olaf House

This striking Art Deco building was designed by Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel, 1928-32 as HQ for the Hay's Wharf Company and built on the site of St Olave church.  It is listed Grade II* and now, 2013, used by London Bridge Private Hospital.

The plaque is on the right corner of the building. The large mosaic drawing is at first floor level on the left corner - in our picture you can just see Olave's left leg. 

A London Inheritance has photos of this building from the river.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
St Olaf House - plaque

Subjects commemorated Information

St Olave Church, Tooley Street

Founded in the eleventh century in memory of St Olaf. The original building, ...

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Bermondsey Borough Council / Vestry

The Vestry of Bermondsey was incorporated in 1855. In 1889 it became part of ...

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King Ethelred II, the Unready

Also 'Aethelred'.  King of England 978–1013 and 1014–16.  Father of Edward th...

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Henry Flitcroft

Architect.   His London work includes: church of St Giles in the Fields.  Lor...

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King Olaf II of Norway

King of Norway 1015 - 1028.  Before becoming king he was in London fighting t...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
St Olaf House - plaque

Also at this site Information

St Olaf House - St Olave

Saint Olave King of Norway

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