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Drawing of front elevation of the tower to St Anne's Church, Limehouse

Drawing of front elevation of the tower to St Anne's Church, Limehouse

Artist: Hawksmoor, Nicholas

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1718

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVIII

Item number: 11-c

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This is one of eight architectural drawings by the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, for St Ann's Church in Limehouse. It shows the front elevation of the tower, with details and measurements. Limehouse was originally a hamlet of Stepney and there was opposition from local clergy to the creation of the new parish at Limehouse. Consequently the new church, built in 1712-24, was not consecrated until 1730. It was built in the shape of a Greek Cross. This elevation is of the middle part of the broad based west tower. The top of the tower was crowned by a spire and at the bottom was an apsidal porch, which served as the main entrance. The clock is the highest church clock in London and acted as a landmark for ships coming into the East End docks.

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