- London Stone
Whether or not this is true, the London Stone was for many hundreds of years recognised as the symbolic authority and heart of the
City of London. It was the place where deals were forged and oaths were sworn. It was also the point from which official proclamations were made. Jack Cade, popular leader of those who rebelled against Henry VI in 1450, observed the tradition by striking his sword against it as a symbol of sovereignty after his forces entered London; on striking the stone, he then felt emboldened to declare himself lord of the city.
The Stone was originally situated in the middle of
Cannon Streetand was much larger than it is now. Later the Stone was set into the wall of St Swithin's Church which was on this site before it was bombed during the Second World War (the Stone remarkably left unscathed).
The stone is still on display opposite Cannon Street station although rather inconspicuously situated.There is also a pub nearby called "The London Stone", which is run by the
Eerie Pub Company.
Like the Ravens of the
Tower of London, there is a myth that states the Stone's safety is linked to that of the city itself; "So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish". This relates to the myth that the stone was part of an altar built by Brutus of Troy, the legendary founder of London.
The London Stone is a prominent setting in
Charlie Fletcher's children's book about unLondon " Stoneheart".
London Stone (riparian)
* [http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/635 More information and pictures of the stone at the Modern Antiquarian]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4997470.stm BBC report on the sport store's pending demolition and the myth]
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