The Legend of Mary Overie

The Legend of Mary Overie (HM28DP)

Location: London, England SE1 Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 30.421', W 0° 5.423'

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The Legend of Mary Overie

Legend suggests that before the construction of London Bridge in the tenth century a ferry existed here. Ferrying passengers across the River Thames was a lucrative trade. John Overs who, with his watermen and apprentices, kept the "traverse ferrie over the Thames", made such a good living that he was able to acquire a considerable estate on the south bank of the river.
John Overs, a notorious miser, devised a plan to save money. He would feign death, believing that his family and servants would fast out of respect and thereby save a day's provisions. However, when he carried out the plan, the servants were so overjoyed at his death that they began to feast and make merry. In a rage the old man leapt out of bed to the horror of his servants, one of whom picked up a broken oar and "thinking to kill the Devil at the first blow, actually struck out his brains".
The ferryman's distressed daughter Mary sent for her lover, who in haste to claim the inheritance fell from his horse and broke his neck. Mary was so overcome by these misfortunes that she devoted her inheritance to founding a convent into which she retreated.
This became the priory of Saint Mary Overie, Mary having been made a saint on account of her charity. During



the Reformation the church of St. Mary Overie was renamed St. Saviour's Church. In 1905 it became Southwark Cathedral and the collegiate church of St. Saviour's & St. Mary Overie.
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Date Added Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 701913 N 5710223
Decimal Degrees51.50701667, -0.09038333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 30.421', W 0° 5.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 30' 25.26" N, 0° 5' 25.38" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Pickfords Lane, London England SE1, GB
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