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The Worshipful Company of Vintners

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A Gang of Four visit to Vintners Hall organised by the Old Flames and the Mithraeum  on 23rd November 2017

Map of our walk,

see Ireland Yard

Opposite Blackfriars Station

The Black Friar Pub

St Andrews Hill, Ireland Yard to the right

The Cockpit 1860

The corner of St Andrews Hill/Carter Lane

The YHA hostel on Carter Lane was St Pauls Choir School in Victorian times

Wardrobe Place entrance

Wardrobe Place off Carter Lane was the site of the King’s Wardrobe, which refers to the storage of the Monarch’s fine robes and armaments, but was also a parallel Treasury for the King. At times it rivalled the actual Treasury for power and wealth.

My Location log. The camera had trouble finding GPS  because of the high buildings and it extrapolates where there are the gaps

A Victorian Portico on Addle Hill from one of the first Telephone Exchanges.

"Vinyl Bar", Knightrider Street

"The Centre Page" pub at the corner of Peters Hill and Knightrider Street

On Peters Hill

A Paddington Bear Pop-up

On Peters Hill

Michael and "The Swan Marker"

The Barge Master and Swan Marker by by Vivien Mallock

An HSBC Office near Guildhall

The Vintners’ Company, together with the Crown and the Dyers’ Company, owns swans on the Thames and during July take part in ‘Swan Upping’, the ceremonial marking of cygnets between Sunbury and Abingdon.  After the unveiling of this statue, the Company processed from the church with their path being swept by the Company’s Wine Porter. The Vintners are the only Livery Company still to sweep the path of their procession.  Wardens and members of the Vintners’ wear traditional uniforms and carry posies.  The Swan Marker is in charge of the Vintners’ Swan Uppers, but also wears the uniform of Barge Master, dating back to the time when the Company owned a ceremonial barge on the Thames. For more information visit: Vintners Hall

Five Kings House on the corner of Southwark Bridge Road

68 and a half Upper Thames Street doorway

The Old Flames assemble in the lobby.

The Perruquier's Room

Vintners Hall Reception in what was the courtyard now roofed over

A six bottle a day man at 90, the painting of course

The main stairs 1673

Downstairs to the Loo


A stuffed Cygnet table Centrepiece used at some dinners 

Drawing Room

William III, Mary is on the other side of the fireplace

Paper Flowers

Charles II

Through the Glass darkly

A Seal Press

Looking down the stairs

 Depicting the Five Kings meal. Some glass from the pre Great Fire building was used

The Livery Hall

The ceiling decoration with praise for alcohol replaced in 1932

The Livery Hall again

The Late Princess Royal

Our Ex-Guardsman Guide tells his tales


Detail of the carved wooden panels


The Perruquier's Room again

The Court Room (taken with my new lens)


A Lord Mayor and Past Master

An ornate 18th century Brandy Keg

The Distillers Company were having a dinner in the Hall that evening, hence this tablecloth etc

Distillers Company banner

Distillers Company gown

Model of a Vintry Ward Schoolboy in coade stone

Old Painted Screen of St Martin their patron saint

Claret the cat who slept in the Silver Case and caused mayhem at a dinner when scared out by the pipers

Some of the Silver

The faces on the panels got older as you circle the room by Grindling Gibbons

Antique English Glasses

The case where the Lord Mayors Sword hangs when he dines here

Lamp with swans

Record of the "Five Kings" when the Company (wine trade) lent money to kings and paid Charles II debts from his exile, so that his creditors let him return to England

Longcase Clock


All traffic had to stop for a fast official motorcade with 5 outriders as our walk continued

Looking along Watling Street

"Ye Old Watling" pub corner Bow Lane/Watling Street is...

...a Nicholson's Sausage and Chop House where we had lunch

Serious Helen and Steve

Pretend pianist?

A Cordwainer by Alma Boyes  He makes shoes, a Cobbler repairs them. Leather for shoes at the time came from Cordoba in Spain, which gave rise to the name for those who worked the Spanish leather.

Bow Lane

"Forgotten Streams" by Cristina Iglesias a representation of the old river Walbrook which is  a sewer now, way below ground

HSBC HQ building

By St Pauls

Bloomberg HQ is in two parts left and right of the Bloomberg Arcade.

Bloomberg Arcade

I had trouble finding the Mithraeum as I thought it was off Watling Street

Along Walbrook.

Bloomberg's European HQ

Cannon Street Station

The Exhibition Space in the Mithraeum on Walbrook that we visited wih......

"The barely perceivable vibrations of everything" by Isabel Nolan

Our Guide demonstrates how the sculpture is a horse.

"Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun"

Some of the Roman Artefacts found in Walbrook mud in moving the temple

Down through the ages

The Head of Mithras with traditional cap

The Story is readable when expanded (click)

The "Tauroctony" see left

The Temple of Mithras's remains. The blacked out presentation did not photo!

Michael and Steve

Out into the Exhibition area, the mural was a tapestry (Arras?)

Umbrellas in an office reception area

The back of Bloombergs

The London Mithraeum, also known as the Temple of Mithras, Walbrook, is a Roman mithraeum that was discovered during building construction in 1954. The temple was relocated to permit continued construction and became perhaps the most famous 20th-century Roman discovery in London. It has now been put back close to the original position, now below the Bloomberg HQ and is a permanent exhibition with added exhibits of interest; see:  The Mithraeum

St Stephen Walbrook, a 12th century round church

One house remains

A restored vent from the Walbrook sewer puzzling a tourist

Bucklersbury House

St Pauls from Watling Street

Another view

The "Young Lovers" by George Ehrlich.

The Rising Sun Carter Lane

Christmas is coming

 The sun is setting. Then we took a rapid train ride home from Blackfriars station

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