Goldsmiths' Hall

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Goldsmiths' Hall

Goldsmiths' Hall is a Grade I building at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street in the City of London.[1] It is the headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the livery companies of the City of London.

The second Goldsmiths' Hall c.1814.

The Company has been based at this location since 1339, the present building being their third hall on the site.[2]

Little is known about the first hall. The second hall was built circa 1634-36 and restored after the Great Fire of London in 1666; it was eventually demolished in the late 1820s. The third and present hall was designed by Philip Hardwick. The hall is entirely detached, and occupies an entire block.[3] Despite its great size, it is the second largest livery hall after the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers' Plaisterers Hall at One London Wall.[4] Those present at the opening dinner in 1835 included the Duke of Wellington and Robert Peel.[2] In 1941 a bomb exploded in its south-west corner, but amazingly the building largely survived and it was possible to restore it after the Second World War.

From time to time, the Master and Wardens provide for open days to visit Goldsmiths' Hall.

Samuel Pepys viewed the funeral of Sir Thomas Vyner from Goldsmiths' Hall.[5] Pepys wore his best silk suit for the occasion, but the hall was so full of people that he left for Paternoster Square to order a new, ordinary silk suit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goldsmiths' Hall". English Heritage list. English Heritage. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Engel, Matthew (December 21, 2012). "British institutions: livery companies". ft.com. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kenyon 2012, p. 112
  4. ^ Kenyon 2012, p. 111
  5. ^ a b Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (1935). the london goldsmiths. CUP Archive. pp. 19–. GGKEY:S69DNE1FJTC. 
  • Kenyon, Nicholas (2012). The City of London: A Companion Guide. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500342-794. 

Coordinates: 51°30′56″N 0°05′45″W / 51.515671°N 0.095893°W / 51.515671; -0.095893