On Thursday 4th October, The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, unveiled the London Stone at its original address in the company of The Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons, Andrew Bowles.
Albion Stone were proud to sponsor the event. Michael Poultney, Managing Director and Barrie Thomas, New Business Manager, both attended the unveiling.
Formerly the site of St Swithin’s Church, 111 Cannon Street is also the resting place of London Stone since 1798 when it was built into the south wall of the Church. It survived the bomb damage which destroyed the Church and was subsequently incorporated into the south wall of the previous 1962 building.
Legend says: “So long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish.” It has survived The Great Fire of London and the Blitz and is referenced in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2.
The new development, designed by Fletcher Priest Architects for London & Oriental, exploits the unique nature of the site with frontages on three historic City streets. Clad in Albion Stone’s Portland Jordans Basebed, the building now houses the London Stone behind glass in a new Portland Stone enclosure with an illuminated plaque.
Albion Stone, a fourth generation family business pride ourselves on having a helpful and skilled workforce as well as modern and traditional manufacturing process to enable us to produce the highest quality Portland Stone with minimal environmental impact.