St Anne’s Limehouse, 1714-1730 by Rob Wilkinson

St Anne’s Limehouse, 1714-1730

St Anne’s Limehouse is one of Hawksmoor’s three churches in East London that, according to Elizabeth and Wayland Young, “achieve greatness through oddity.” The pyramid in this view of the churchyard is one of the masonic symbols that inspired Iain Sinclair’s exploration in “Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge” of lines of influence across London connected by Hawksmoor’s Churches. The mysteries clinging to Hawksmoor’s life and work seem to attach more to the Gothic imaginations of De Quincey and Dickens than to the Enlightenment era of his master and mentor Sir Christopher Wren.