London Eccentricities: The Three Devils


St Peter Upon Cornhill is the oldest church site in the City of London’s Square Mile. In the nineteenth century its vicar, clearly a vindictive old sod, noticed that plans for the building next door extended by one foot onto church territory, so he forced the architect to redraw his design and added three leering devils to the building facing Cornhill from the South. They’re still there.

There are similar stories about London clock towers that have three illuminated clock faces and one black face; that’s usually because the fourth side faces another borough, whose council didn’t want to contribute to the clock, so the builders blacked one face out.
(I wanted to credit these shots but couldn’t find a reference)

One comment on “London Eccentricities: The Three Devils”

  1. J F Norris says:

    These creatures and the legend belong in a Bryant and May story …or do they already?

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