Friday, April 12, 2013

Paternoster Square Column

Paternoster Square is an ancient space, rendered sacred by association. In the history of London it will be forever connected with Paternoster Row, a street that has its origins in medieval times when the clergy of St. Paul’s use to walk in procession ‘Telling’ their rosary beads and reciting the Paternoster prayer.

It was bombed in 1940 and rebuilt by William Graham Holford between 1961 and 1967. This new build was unpopular and in 1996 architects Whitfield Partners submitted a new master plan for the square.

The column that stands in the square is a Corinthian column of Portland stone topped by a gold leaf covered flaming copper urn, illuminated by fibre-optic lighting at night. It is the largest freestanding monument to be built in London in the last century 

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