It seems that the powers that be waited until I was out of town for the weekend before digging out Deptford High Street's last remaining visible piece maritime history - perhaps fearing that I might chain myself to the anchor in an attempt to prevent its removal.
Clearly I am not the only one who is mourning its loss and fearing for its future - Crosswhatfields blog published a fitting tribute assessing the significance of its presence and the lack of other reminders of our dockyard heritage; I Love Deptford's Facebook page is a veritable stream of anguish voiced by all those who weren't aware of/hadn't taken any notice of the warning signs and public consultations; hell, even Brockley Central felt sufficiently moved to pronounce on the event - with what must surely be one of its most tenuous headline puns to date.
At the site of the crime, flowers have been hung around the fences. Perhaps a vigil is planned?
In the meantime, if you have been following the story so far, you will know that Lewisham Council is 'working hard' to find a new position for the anchor.
It's a difficult one alright, there are so few options where there is the space and setting to do credit to such a potent symbol of our past.