London Group 1
Group Leader Wendy White writes:
"Over the 10 years of our existence, this group along with London group 6 & TOWIE, all of whom meet at my house, have, at my request, put their tea money in charity boxes which I provide. A staggering amount has been sent to R.N.L.I. ( Southend) of £664.82, Diabetes U.K. £356.06 & this year I added Mencap ( Southend) £42.85. This makes a grand total of £1063.73. Well done everyone, thank you so much for your generosity."
At our June Meeting we looked at various places we had visited in the past:-
The Foreign Office, we visited this building on an Open House weekend. It was designed by Gilbert Scott and he created the new Foreign Office as 'a kind of national palace or drawing room for the nation' with the use of rich decoration to impress foreign visitors. Well worth a visit if you get the chance.
James Smith & Sons is the oldest umbrella shop at 53 New Oxford Street. It is one of Central London’s landmarks and is commonly referred to as the Umbrella shop by black cab drivers and locals.
Berry Brothers & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchants. It was the first wine merchant to open up an online shop. The shop can be found at 3 St James’ Street.
Dennis Severs House is a "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside the house of a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries
St Brides Church is dedicated to Bridget of Ireland. The present St Bride's is at least the seventh church to have stood on the site. The spire is likened to a wedding cake and is said to date back to 1703 when Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice, who fell in love with the daughter of his employer and asked her to marry him. He wanted to make an extravagant cake, and drew on the design of St Bride's Church for inspiration.
Twining’s Tea Shop - The founder of Twining’s was Thomas Twining and he opened Britain's first known tea room at No. 216 Strand, London, in 1706; it still operates today. The firm's logo, created in 1787, is the world's oldest in continuous use.
Sir John Soane’s Museum – Sir John Soane was an English architect who specialised in the Neo-Classical style. The son of a bricklayer, he rose to the top of his profession, becoming professor of architecture at the Royal Academy and an official architect to the Office of Works. His main legacy is a museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises his former home and office, designed to display the art works and architectural artefacts that he collected during his lifetime. The library covers a wide range of subjects: Greek and Roman classics, poetry, painting, sculpture, history, music, drama, philosophy, grammars, topographical works, encyclopaedias, runs of journals and contemporary novels.
Museum of Methodism, John Wesley House - The Museum of Methodism, housed in the chapel's crypt, contains artefacts and relics relating to Methodism, including several of Wesley's speeches and essays on theology. The museum was created in 1978 and was refurbished in 2014, with the last case being installed in early 2016 thanks to a generous donation.
NEXT MEETING - 8 July 2019 – work has been allocated.