Several incidents have taken place at the Monument during the passage of the years, some amusing, some daring and some tragic.
In the Daily Journal of 16th September 1732 appears this account of a sailor’s adventure: “Yesterday, about 5 o’clock in the evening, notwithstanding the wind was so high, a sailor flew from the top of the Monument to the Upper Three Tuns tavern in Gracechurch Street, which he did in less than half a minute; there was a numerous crowd of spectators to see him. He came down within 20 feet of the place where the rope was fixed, and then flung himself off; and offered, if the gentlemen would make him a handsome collection, he would go up and fly down again.”
On 25th June 1750, William Green, a weaver, whilst reaching over the railing of the balcony to look at a live eagle kept there in a cage, accidentally lost his balance and fell over to his death.
Altogether six people have committed suicide by throwing themselves from the gallery:
John Cradock, a baker, 7th July 1788;
Lyon Levi, a Jewish diamond merchant, 18th January 1810;
a baker named Leander, in the same year;
Margaret Moyes, daughter of a baker, 11th September 1839;
Robert Donaldson Hawes, a 15-year-old boy, 18th October 1839;
Jane Cooper, a servant-girl, 19th August 1842. After this tragedy the building was temporarily closed while the gallery was enclosed in an iron cage.