06 May

A small group of Freemen and Liverymen recently joined the Master, Senior Warden and their consorts for a guided walk, conducted by Barry Walsh who incorporated his scientific, historical and artistic experience into an informative and entertaining tour.

We started at the Royal Observatory renowned as the “Home of Time” established by order of King Charles II in 1675. The Observatory was inteded to gather astronomical information in aid of navigation needed to establish England’s pre-eminence in global trade.

We then continued on to the Queens House, the first neo-classical residence in England, with highlights including the architecture and a masterpiece art collection. We went on to the Royal Naval College, also established in the early 17th Century featuring a stunning chapel and the Painted Hall, a spectacular Baroque masterpiece known as “Britain’s Sistine Chapel”.

All then stayed on for an early supper at the Trafalgar Tavern. A good time was had by all of those in attendance. We are finalising a second guided walk through some of the City’s most well-known wards with Barry Walsh on 12 June and hope to see you there.

Robert Keller