Saturday, 19 March 2016

The Anchorage, Clare Market WC2

The Anchorage was the parsonage of St Clement Danes church in the Strand, so the wall is embellished with an anchor, the symbol of St Clement, an early Pope. He was tied to one and thrown into the sea on the orders of the Emperor Trajan.
The building dates from about 1800 but was not occupied by the rector until later so the anchor probably dates from the second half of the 19th century.
But it won't be there much longer - the building is being demolished to make way for the LSE's enormous new tower designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour.

1 comment:

Hels said...

I thought The Anchorage, with its anchor symbol, would be the name of a pub. Even if an anchor was the symbol of Pope St Clement, I am still surprised and delighted that the building was in fact the parsonage of St Clement Danes church in the Strand. Some 19th century cleric had a humorous sense of history :)