St Mary Axe

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St Mary Axe, the church of, stood formerly on the north side of Leadenhall Street, in the street which still preserves its memory by its name. This church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and recieved the appellation of "at the Axe", from a sign which hung near its east end. But the parish being united in 1565 to that of St Andrew Undershaft (see that church), the church of St Mary was let for a warehouse, till it fell into total ruin, and was taken down.


[Adapted from: "Topographical Dictionary of London" by James Elmes; published 1831]