St Anne’s Church, Limehouse – Drafting a Conservation Management Plan

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    Anonymous
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    Hi, I have been undertaking some research on this church, and understand that it had strong naval and maritime links, but have found very little further information or evidence to support this. I understand that the church is able to fly the White Ensign, but have not found any evidence on why this is. I am also led to believe that there may be a link to Captain Cook (but not sure if it is just jumping on the band wagon). Any help received with thanks!

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    Keith Atkinson
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    Hi Janice.
    I believe there is a Limehouse connection to Captain Cook, I am reading Arthur Kitson’s 1907 biography of him at the moment and I think he either lived there or his wife did, I will check the book again.
    Wikipedia (dubious I know) claims the following:

    “Queen Anne decreed that as the new church was close to the river it would be a convenient place of registry for sea captains to register vital events taking place at sea. Therefore she gave St. Anne’s Church the right to display the second most senior ensign of the Royal Navy, the White Ensign. The prominent tower with its golden ball on the flagpole[1] became a Trinity House “sea mark” on navigational charts, and the Queen’s Regulations still permit St. Anne’s Limehouse to display the White Ensign 24 hours a day, 365 days a year”

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