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 September meeting we looked at buildings along Ludgate Hill and into Fleet Street:-
Cliffords Inn is a former Inn of Chancery in London. The Inn was founded in 1344 and refounded 15 June 1668. Most of its original structure was demolished in 1934. It was both the first Inn of Chancery to be founded and the last to be demolished.
C. Hoare & Co is a British private bank. It is the second oldest bank in the United Kingdom and the world's fifth oldest bank. The bank was founded in 1672 by Sir Richard Hoare and remains family-owned. It is currently managed by the eleventh generation of Hoare's direct descendants. The bank's clients typically are high-net-worth individuals and families.
El Vino Bar is a wine bar and off-licence that was famously patronised by newspaper journalists. For much of its history, the bar required male customers to wear ties, and although women customers were permitted, they were not allowed to approach the bar to be served until a discrimination case in 1982.
Old Bank of England is a public house at 194 Fleet Street, where the City of London meets the City of Westminster. It was constructed in 1886 by Sir Arthur Blomfield in a grand Italianate style, the interior having three large chandeliers with a detailed plaster ceiling. It is a Grade II listed building. The Bank of England occupied the building from 1888 to 1975 before it was refurbished and put to its current use in 1994.The vaults beneath the pub once contained gold bullion, and are said to have held the Crown Jewels for a period as well.
The Punch Tavern is a Grade II listed public house in Fleet Street. The pub was once called the Crown and Sugar Loaf, but was renamed as the Punch Tavern in the 1840s, as Punch magazine had its office nearby at that end of Fleet Street.
St Martin, Ludgate is an Anglican church on Ludgate Hill was rebuilt in 1677–84 by Sir Christopher Wren. In 1941, during the London Blitz, a German incendiary bomb damaged the roof, but St Martin's received relatively little damage during the Second World War. In 1954 St Martin's became a Guild Church and was designated a Grade I listed building on 4 January 1950.
The Daily Express Building is a Grade II listed building in Fleet Street. It was designed in 1932 by Ellis and Clark to serve as the home of the Daily Express newspaper and is one of the most prominent examples of art-deco architecture in London. The exterior features a black façade with rounded corners in vitrolite and clear glass, with chromium strips. The flamboyant lobby includes plaster reliefs, silver and gilt decorations, a magnificent silvered pendant lamp and an oval staircase.
Ye Old Cock Tavern is a Grade II listed public house in Fleet Street. Originally built before the 17th century, it was rebuilt on the other side of the road in the 1880s when a branch of the Bank of England was built where it stood. However, in the 1990s a fire broke out and destroyed many of the original ornaments, and the building has since gone through a restoration using photographs.
Bell Savage Inn was a former public house from the 15th century to 1873, originally located on the north side of what is now Ludgate Hill. It was a playhouse during the Elizabethan Era, as well as a venue for various other entertainments.
The Tipperary is a Grade II listed public house at 66 Fleet Street. It is a themed Irish pub and it is thought that the Tipperary (once known as the Boar’s Head) was the first outside the Emerald Isle. It began life as a medieval monastery, survived the Plague, the Great Fire of London and two World Wars.
NEXT MEETING – 14 October 2019