We have featured the London Stone, a remnant of oolitic limestone upon which the destiny of London relies, on the Journal before.
It now appears the the Stone will be on its travels once again, although this time not across the road, but a few doors along. Diamond Geezer, one of the prolific London bloggers, has been delving into the planning application from the owners of the building where the stone now resides:
…it turns out the London Stone has led a fairly nomadic life, repeatedly crossing Cannon Street or being built into the fabric of yet another building. The latest shift isn’t unprecedented heresy – it’s a continuation of centuries of movement. The Stone will also be considerably easier to see, and better noticed by casual passers-by, which has to be a huge bonus. And yet I can’t help seeing Minerva’s action as some sort of corporate kidnap. They own the property where London Stone is, they own the property where London Stone will end up, and they want this inconvenient rock out of the way so that they can knock down an office block and make a profit.
Minerva’s grand design finally removes London Stone from the built environment, forcibly elevated after two millennia at ground level. It’ll become a showcased exhibit – an ancient relic in a glass cage – rather than part of the everyday fabric of the city. London Stone’s moved many times before, and not always for the most noble of reasons. But this time I fear it’s moving solely for commercial convenience, in what will literally be a break from the past.
His post with its associated links is well worth reading in full if you have any interest in this stone, or indeed, any interest in heritage protection issues.