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St.Andrew Undershaft

SOURCE: REMARKS ON LONDON, being an Exact Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, Borough of Southwark... By W. Stow., London, 1722.

A List of all the Cathedrals, Churches, and Chapels of Ease within the Bill of Mortality, withal shewing therein the sett Times of publick Prayers, receiving the Sacrament, and hearing Sermons both Ordinary and Extraordinary.

Note, Pr. signifies Prayers, Sac. Sacrament;
S. Sermon; and Lect. Lecturer.

St. Andrew Undershaft, commonly St. Mary Axe,[sic] on the North side of Leadenhall Street, so called from a long Maypole, or Shaft, which used to stand, or be set up in the Street, before the Church Door, every May Day, which was higher than the Steeple, and consequently the Church was under the Shaft. It is also called St. Mary Axe, or Nax, because of the Sign of an Axe which did hang over against the end thereof; and under this Appellation it's dedicated to the Honour of the Virgin Mary, as is the other to the Apostle St. Andrew. This Parish contains about 230 fine Houses, Morning Pr. every Day at 6 in the Summer, and 7 in the Winter, and on all Holy Days at 11; Evening Pr. at 6, except Sundays; annual S. on New Years Day, third Tuesday in September, and first Monday of August, at 11.