Its age and original purpose are not known, although it has been suggested that it was the point from which the Romans measured all distances in Britannia.
The London Stone History
Thanks to Shakespeare, the scene lives on in Henry VI, Part 2:
'Here, sitting upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but claret wine this first year of our reign. And now henceforward it shall be treason for any that calls me other than Lord Mortimer.'
The Stone was originally situated in the middle of Cannon Street and was much larger than it is now. Later the Stone was set into the wall of St Swithin's Church before it was bombed during the Second World War and burned down in 1940 (the Stone was remarkably left unscathed).
The London Stone Myth
London Stone Label
This is a fragment of the original piece of limestone once securely fixed in the ground now fronting Cannon Street Station.
Removed in 1742 to the north side of the street, in 1798 it was built into the south wall of the Church of St. Swithun London Stone which stood here until demolished in 1962.
Its origin and purpose are unknown but in 1188 there was a reference to Henry, son of Eylwin de Londenstane,subsequently Lord Mayor of London.
Find out more about The London Stone is David Long's Tunnels, Towers & Temples.
How To Find The London Stone
Opposite Cannon Street Train Station.
Close to the eponymous pub, The London Stone, run by the Eerie Pub Company, at 109 Cannon Street, London EC4N 5AD.
- Nearest Tube Stations:
- Cannon Street
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The London Stone is behind an iron grill, set into the side of 111 Cannon Street. It is low down and rather innocuous. It's easy to walk past as there's not much to see.