The Devils of Cornhill


The Devils of Cornhill

The famous devils of cornhill - mocking the naive locals.

Location: St Peter upon Cornhill, Gracechurch Street, Lond

Description: In the nineteenth century a very observant vicar at this church noticed that plans for building a new structure next door intruded by one foot onto church territory.

He raised legal objections and forced the architect to redraw their plans.

In gleeful triumph he added three terracotta devils to the building facing Cornhill from the South. These can easily be seen silhouetted against the sky if you stand on the north side. They were reputedly to mock those locals who supported the ill-fated plans.

One of the devils spits, another sticks its fingers up, and all of them cast grotesque greetings down onto parishioners entering the church. The devil closest to the street apparently bears more than a passing resemblance to the unlucky rector.

Tours: Curios

Tours: London 2012

Themes: Look UpLook Up Theme  QuirkyQuirky Theme  ArchitectureArchitecture Theme
The Devils of Cornhill

The famous devils of cornhill - mocking the naive locals.

Ranking This Month: 1169/2925

Pages Hit This Month: 51


Other places nearby:


The London Eye», 1.6km

Monkey Gargoyle», 3.1km

The Devils of Cornhill», 0km

Perfect for looking at Stars», 1.8km

TCR Brass Cupola», 1.9km

London Planetarium», 3.1km

Floral Street Helix Bridge», 1.6km

Earls Court Big Wheel», 5.2km

The Golden Boy Statue», 0.7km

Location Pinpointed: