Friday activities

On Friday 5 September we have two major visits to London sites planned.

  1. City of London Guildhall library, 10:30 am
  2. English College of Heralds

City of London Guildhall library tour

Edith the reservations clerk has organised a tour of the Guildhall Library.

The Guildhall complex in the heart of the old City of London.

It houses the government of the City (known as the Corporation of London), and has done since the Saxons first set up their folk moots on the site of the roman amphitheatre.

The current Guildhall is the oldest secular building in the City and is a magnificent 15th century hall (although it is on its fourth roof!).

The Guildhall library is housed in a new building next door and holds all of the papers regarding the Corporation, papers and manuscripts relating to St Paul cathedral, the Livery Companies, the Lord mayors of London, some going back to the 11th century.

It was founded as part of Dick Whittington's will in 1420.

The librarian plans to show us some of their manuscripts not normally on display, including some of the 15th century Alderman manuscripts which contain some fine and unusual heraldry artwork. Photo permissions TBA.

This group visit is (unfortunately) limited to 20 so places - that's the number that the library can accommodate.

We will take names on a first come first served basis - please mail me ASAP if you want to come.

We'd like to give preference to those attending the symposium. If we have space left over, we can take other guests (partners and travelling companions).

Suggested route by Tube from UCL is about 1/2 an hour.

  • Walk from UCL to Euston Square station (about 10 minutes)
  • Take Metropolitain or Circle line to Moorgate station (4 stops, about 10 minutes)
  • Walk from Moorgate station to Guildhall Library (about 10 minutes)

College of Arms visit

Robert of Canterbury has confirmed the visit to the College of Arms.


The College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street

Googlemap with location marked
The nearest underground stations are Blackfriars (the District and Circle Lines), and St. Paul's (the Central Line).

Suggested Tube route from UCL takes about 1/2 hour to 40 mins.

  • Walk from UCL to Goodge Street station (10 mins)
  • Take Northern Line south to Tottenham Court Road station (1 stop, about 3 mins)
  • Change to Central Line, going east.
  • Take Central Line, to St. Paul's station (about 10 mins).
  • Walk from St. Paul's to College of Arms (about 10 mins).
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