On Monday 24th April, John Stow’s Quill Pen Ceremony takes place at the Church of St Andrew Undershaft in the City of London.
John Stow was a historian and antiquarian, who is best known for his Survey of London. The work was published in 1598, and is considered of unique value for its detail of the buildings, social conditions and customs of London at the time.
Stow’s widow commissioned a special monument to him in the Church of St Andrew Undershaft, made of marble and alabaster. The monument depicts Stow, writing at a desk, quill pen in hand. As an acknowledgement of Stow’s importance to London history, the quill pen is renewed every three years with a special ceremony.
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