Friday, 28 November 2014
|Mediaeval vaulting in the crypt of the chapel|
The WCCA webmaster (and amateur snapper) was formally allowed to take a few discrete pictures of the Master's Reception held at Lambeth Palace in early afternoon of 27 November - Thanksgiving Day for our ancient colonists of the New World. A large group of architects and chums were shown around in parties of 25 by three of the Palace's guides. The tour was prefaced by a light luncheon in the Guard's Room, the main entertaining hall today. It is unusual for the palace to host such a visit, although the buildings may otherwise be visited on summer Thursdays and Fridays.
We would recommend a visit to the annual garden Fête held in midsummer.
The palace's garden is the second largest in central London after that of Buckingham Palace itself.
Many thanks to the Master, Geoffrey Purves, for arranging a memorable event.
|The entry gate tower|
|The Guards Room's 14th century roof|
|A light lunch is followed by Master Purves' introduction|
|A portrait gallery of Archbishops of Canterbury|
|The great hall under repair|
|A 1950s floor is being replaced|
|Drawings of the works….|
|The Bath stone facade of the 1830s range|
|The oldest part of Lambeth Palace - the 12C crypt of the chapel|
|The learnéd Clerk ponders the chapel roof|
|The Guards Room at twilight|
|Our host - Master Geoffrey Purves|
Friday, 21 November 2014
The Master receiving City of Newcastle cuff links from the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor George Pattison, during the Lord Mayor's Civic Reception held on Friday 10th October 2014 at the beginning of the Master's Newcastle weekend.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
|Master Geoffrey Purves prepares for the Show|
The long range weather forecast had said heavy showers between 11.00 and 2.00 - just the time that the Lord Mayor’s Show takes to wend its way from Mansion House to the Law Courts in the Strand and back again. The WCCA’s stalwart representatives - Master Geoffrey Purves, Student Dominic Edwards and yours truly - were prepared for the worst, but in the event the rain held off and we returned to base dry and elated after a most enjoyable day's outing. The streets were lined with crowds: scout troops demanding high fives from passing liverymen, friends shouting recognition as the party passed by and tourists agog at the fascinating rituals of this ancient place.
The modern companies walk rather than ride in a float. Architects, Engineers, Constructors, Information Technologists, et al gathered in London Wall ready to set off at 11.00am. We marched past the new Lord Mayor on his dais outside Mansion House - he didn’t see us because he was being interviewed by a Japanese television station - past a busy St Paul’s - devoid of anti-bank protestors in spite of warnings that Russell Brand had been tweeting to stir people up - and up Fleet Street.
|We walk past St Paul's|
The Lord Mayor's party at Mansion House
While the Lord Mayor attended a grand lunch in the Law Courts in the Strand, the Companies enjoyed a sandwich and a glass or two of champagne on HMS Wellington courtesy of the Master Mariners. The jolly representatives of the Pipemakers enjoyed a leisurely puff.
We were blown back along the Embankment; Dominic struggling to hang on to the Company’s sign - next year, we decided, we should have a flag. We returned to The Master’s very convenient apartment on Upper Thames Street, and soon after the heavens opened.
|Wardens of the Pipemakers enjoy their lunch break|
Monday, 3 November 2014
poppies for 888,246 dead
3rd November 2014 - a grey London Monday morning.
Each ceramic poppy below commemorates a life lost in The Great War by a British or Colonial Soldier...
not the wounded, nor the 'shell-shocked',
nor the German dead, nor the French, Itatian, Russian, Turkish, Serb, Austrian….
We all find very large numbers hard to visualise -
but not today at the Tower of London.
|Traitor's Gate engulfed|
|Spare a quid or two for an old soldier?|
|The White Tower 1070|
|Tower Bridge's cast iron balustrade in white, blue and now RED|
|the 'Walkie-Talkie' afar off|
|Tower Bridge approach|
|in Flanders' fields….|