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Limehouse Tower 1719

Limehouse Tower 1719

Engraver: Hawksmoor, Nicholas

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1718

Shelfmark: Ktop XXVIII

Item number: 11-h

Genre: Topographical Drawing

One of eight architectural drawings by celebrated architect Nicholas Hawksmoor for his church, St Anne's at Limehouse. This is an elevation of the front and one of the sides of the lower part of the tower. Limehouse was originally a hamlet in Stepney parish. There was opposition from local clergy to the creation of the new parish at Limehouse. The fine new church, built in 1712-24 was not consecrated until 1730. It was built in the shape of a Greek Cross. 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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