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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)
28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)
28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London
28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.
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.
Tagged in this Tour: Curios
Tagged in this Tour: London 2012