Monday, 14 March 2011
Historic Weathervane returns to St George’s German Lutheran Church in East London
An unexpected phone call to the Historic Chapels Trust from the Art Loss Register brought news of the long-lost eighteenth century weathervane from St George’s German Lutheran Church, just discovered by an investigator in an antiques showroom in the Cotswolds. This amazing piece of copper craftsmanship originally surmounted the turret of St George’s and was retained in the church, along with its bell, when the turret was dismantled for safety reasons in the 1930s. It went missing in the early 1990s before HCT owned the church and was not expected to be heard of again. Apparently the weathervane passed through various hands, on the continent and in England, before being recognised and happily returned to St George’s. The Art Loss Register charged a nominal fee to Historic Chapels Trust, as to all charities.