St Andrew Undershaft
Leadenhall Street, EC3
Nearest Tube: Aldgate
This church dates back to the 12th century, although the unusual name comes from the 15th century. Allegedly it the name is derived from a large maypole, which was erected next to the church each year.
The church was rebuilt in the 16th century, and it is one of the few churches in central London that survived the Great Fire. Although it has been restored and modified over the years, it remains an excellent example of a pre-Wren church.
London's first historian John Stow, who wrote his Survey of London in 1559, is buried in this church and there is a monument to him inside. Every year a memorial service to Stow is held when the Lord Mayor puts a new quill into the figure of Stow's hand. The old quill is then presented to the child who has written the best essay on London.
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