Hidden Secrets in the City of London: The Livery Companies & their Treasures
The City of London is home to 110 ‘Livery Companies’ who are London’s ancient and modern trade associations and guilds. Paul Jagger’s entertaining lecture explores the origins and modern role of the Livery Companies – from the Mercers’ Company (the most senior) to the Arts Scholars (the most recent).
We will explore a few of the City’s 40 Livery Company Halls, including the oldest interiors at The Apothecaries’ Hall in Blackfriars; the luxurious 1835 Italianate Goldsmiths’ Hall; the Vintners’ Hall Court Room, rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 with carved panels depicting grapes, and the Armourers’ Hall – decked out like a Scottish baronial castle in the heart of London.
Paul will introduce some of their hidden treasures of art, sculpture, stained glass, silverware, furniture and Royal portraits.