St. Mary Somerset bell tower (City of London)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 51° 30.678 W 000° 05.810
30U E 701447 N 5710682
Quick Description: Depicted Baroque bell tower with unique pinnacles, the only remaining part of former Church of St. Mary Somerset, is hidden among buldings of modern administrative complex in London's Queenhithe ward.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/3/2014 5:36:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMMTHA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
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Long Description:

Depicted Baroque bell tower with unique pinnacles, the only remaining part of former Church of St. Mary Somerset, is hidden among buldings of modern administrative complex in London's Queenhithe ward.

Church of St. Mary Somerset was one of many London' churches designed by Christopher Wren after Great Fire of London in 1666. St. Mary built between 1684-1694, was single nave simple structure with a flat roof with two columns supporting a gallery on the West. The most interesting piece of church's architecture was 38 m high belfry faced by Portland stone. Lines of tower's windows, alternately circular and round headed, run up each side, with grotesque masks and cherubs serving as keystones. The unique feature of the tower are the eight Baroque pinnacles. The four on each corner have pannelled bases and scrolls, surmounted by vases. Between each of these are 6 m obelisks, with ball finials. The style strongly suggests that they were designed by architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Pinnacles create the optical illusion of changing heights when viewed from different vantage points.

The church itself was demolished in 1871, only this beautiful tower was preserved...

Style: Baroque

Type of building (structure): Large religious building (church, monastery, synagogue...)

Date of origin:: 1684-1694

Architect(s): Sir Christopher Wren

Web site of the object (if exists): [Web Link]

Address:
St. Mary Somerset Tower Upper Thames Street London EC4 United Kingdom


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