1 Stothard Place
London E1 6EQ
Note: Some satnavs and mobile telephones do not correctly identify Stothard Place. Please ensure you have also entered the full post code, or follow these instructions to find us.
By taxi: ask for Spital Square and then see instructions below.
By tube: Nearest station is Liverpool Street (Central line, Circle line, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City line)
Come out of the station near platform 14 and up the stairs onto Bishopsgate; Cross over Bishopsgate and turn left walking towards Shoreditch High Street; Walk past the two RBS buildings on your right; At the traffic lights turn right into Spital Square; Turn immediately right again into Spital Yard. The red brick Georgian house at the end of the Yard is our building. The entrance is round the other side.
Note: Do NOT go to Stothard Street that is also in E1. It is actually miles away in Bethnal Green!
Number One, Stothard Place
Our office building has an interesting history. Built around 1640-50, it is now surrounded by modern concrete and glass offices. It has survived largely as built for over 360 years, most recently protected by a Grade One ‘listing’ under the supervision of Historic England.
It was the birthplace of Susanna Annesley, born on 20th January 1669. She was the daughter of a local doctor, Samuel Annesley and his wife born Mary White. Susanna was the youngest of 25 children! She was subsequently married at the age of 19 to Samuel Wesley and had 19 children herself, although nine of whom died as infants. Two who survived were John and Charles, the founders of the Methodist Church.
The building, protected by its’ listed status, has survived while all around was re-developed over the last twenty-five years. Possibly also a shop at some time, the building was restored in the early 2000’s and the freehold was acquired by James Cabourne in 2014.
The full story of Susanna can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanna_Wesley
More about the history of this area of London can be found at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/old-new-london/vol2/pp149-152
More about the Methodist Church and its religious principles can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methodism