Southwark’s lost St Margaret’s

Bridge Tap on St Margaret’s site (photo: www,LondonSE1.co.uk)

Today is St Margaret’s Day.

Before Southwark Priory became the parish church (and later also cathedral) there was St Margaret of Antioch Church in Borough High Street.

St Margaret’s in Borough High Street, rebuilt in the 13th century, was Southwark’s parish church until 1540.

As you left the Tabard Inn you would have seen the church opposite on an island plot . The site is now The Bridge Tap pub with the war memorial outside its front door. Here Borough High Street was known as St Margaret’s Hill although the incline for London Bridge was little further north.

The church became a court and was destroyed by fire in 1676.

Plaque on The Bridge Tap (Photo: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk)

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