Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Seen in London, England

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in England.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #392?  Scroll down to find the answer.

Last year we toured England as part of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites trip, and we arrived in London a few days early to explore.  On the day we visited the Temple Church we walked along the Strand towards Trafalgar Square.  We passed by this lovely weathervane on top of the steeple of the St. Clement Danes Church, which sits in the middle of the road.

This church was originally built on this spot in the 800s by the Danes, rebuilt by William the Conqueror, and the present day building was erected by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1680s.  During the Blitz this building was badly damaged and burned, and in 1958 it was rebuilt as the Royal Air Force Chapel. The steeple survived the Blitz, but I don't know if this weathervane is original.  St. Clement was martyred by being chained to an iron anchor which was tossed overboard.  Now St. Clement is the patron saint of blacksmiths. 

Did you ever sing the nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons"?  The words go "Oranges and Lemons sing the bells of St. Clement's".  We waited a few minutes and heard the bells, and they did sound like the words of the rhyme! 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Seen in London, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 5, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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