Esoteric London

No. 676: Cornhill, EC3

Posted in Street Furniture by esotericlondon on October 1, 2012

Cornhill, London, Ec3. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

This sun is one of the four different reliefs that adorn the the four sides of the Cornhill pump. As well as the reliefs there are two inscriptions on it, the first says:

On this spot a well was first
made and a house of correction
built thereon by Henry Wallis
Mayor of London in the year 1282

and the second:

The well was discovered much
enlarged and this pump erected
in the year 1799 by the contributions
of the Bank of England. The East
India Company. The neighbouring
fire offices. Together with the
bankers & traders of the ward of
Cornhill

One of the contributing ‘neighbouring fire offices’ was probably The Sun insurance company, founded in 1710, as the sun in the photograph looks very similar to the company’s logo. R.D.

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