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7 August 2014

See Old London Bridge at St Magnus the Martyr

Every other time your author has tried to visit the Church of St Magnus the Martyr, beside London Bridge, the doors have been shut, but yesterday volunteers were on hand to open them, and display the particular highlight that had been so enticing, the model of Old London Bridge that sits just inside the door, created in 1987 by model maker and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers David Aggett.

The model obviously involves a little artistic license, but shows the bridge as it would have looked in about 1400, when St Magnus the Martyr stood at its northern end, just as it does today. There are plenty of other things to see in this historic church, which has been a place of worship since at least the 11th century dedicated to St Magnus of Orkney, but rebuilt following the Great Fire of London to designs by Sir Christopher Wren and repaired after bomb damage during the Second World War. One highlight is a piece of Roman wharf beneath the tower outside.

For more, see http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/09/30/a-scale-model-of-old-london-bridge/

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