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St Olave Church, Tooley Street

Building  From 1050  To 1928

Categories: Religion

Countries: Norway

Founded in the eleventh century in memory of St Olaf. The original building, shown in this 1647 drawing by Wenceslaus Hollar, 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.

From Exploring Southwark we learn: The population of the area decreased so in 1926 the church was declared redundant and the nave demolished, leaving the tower, which was itself demolished in 1928. The capping turret of the tower was relocated to nearby Tanner Street Park where it is still sited, as a drinking fountain.

We know of 3 other similarly relocated decapitated buildings:
St Antholin Church,
Mappin and Webb building at Kentuck Knob,
Tooting Military Hospital.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
St Olave Church, Tooley Street

Information Commemorated at


St Olaf House - plaque

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

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Turret from St Olave Church

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