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Andrew WillieBiotechnology

Jul 31, 2020 (14 days and 15 hours ago)

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LOndon Stone

London Stone has been a landmark for centuries. And where facts
and science have failed to provide a definite history, myths have
flourished.

London’s Cannon Street is a frantic mêlée
during the morning rush hour. As
commuters hurry to work, few notice
the
small crypt, with a glass encasement
within it, built into the wall of 111 Cannon
Street. Fewer still know that to peer inside
would reveal a stone


nothing
extravagant, just a lump of oolitic
limestone.

There are no precious metals or
engravings; it’
s not a dazzling artefact you
might find in a museum. But what it is, and
has been as long as records exist, is a
literal and metaphorical part of London.
Some 18th
-
Century writers even
suggested that, much like the palladium
that protected the city of Tro
y in Ancient
Greek mythology, the stone’s survival is
key to the continued existence of London
itself.

“It’s always there, and always remains the
same,” said Roy Stephenson, London’s
Historic Environment Lead at the

Museum
of London
. “It has stood roughly
in the
same spot, while everything around it has
changed.”