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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 13 January 2014

Lloyd's shipping register

Lloyd's register is one of the great institutions of the City of London. It was founded in 1760 in the same way that Lloyd's of London began with meetings of merchants, underwriters and others associated with shipping all taking place in  Edward Lloyd's coffee house. The present building on the corner of Fenchurch Street was built in 1901 in this Edwardian baroque style



In the following 70 years Lloyd's register expanded into 4 adjacent office blocks and became a jumble of buildings. Rather than moving premises a major redevelopment took place where the facade of Coronation House was kept but the whole structure behind it was demolished. Richard Rogers,the architect, has married the old with the new and created a very interesting building. The existing outer shell had to be retained due to planner's restrictions so Rogers built two glass towers 12 and 14 storeys high with another 7 storeys of space behind the Coronation fa├žade.


































The best of the original building has been retained such as the old reception hall with its marble staircase.








This is the Rose window above the staircase which has a ship at its centre surrounded by the emblems of the UK: the English rose, the Scottish thistle, the Irish shamrock and supposedly the Welsh leek (but I can't see it).






Half way up the staircase is 'The figure of Maritime Commerce'








The staircase leads to the  general committee room.












A tapestry hanging in the style of William Morris Damask pattern ( this is a copy with the original being in the V and A museum).













The barrel vaulted ceiling  inspired by Michelangelo Sistine chapel ceiling.



The room is still used by Lloyd's Registers General advisory committee and on other formal occasions.

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22 comments:

  1. What a great tour, I'll have to add it to my list to visit

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  2. Such beautiful details in the old building, and how wonderful that they were preserved.

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  3. What a wonderful tour through Lloyd's Register! I love the stained Rose Window. I can see what you mean about being a "city girl!"

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  4. Wonderful shots and a very interesting and informative narrative.

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  5. A fascinating tour - many thanks

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  6. Good work on the part of the architect and the workers. It really is quite stunning. The challenge is having the same done with lesser buildings.

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  7. A very interesting post. Your photos are fascinating and I enjoy the way you add interesting details to places I have read about for years!

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  8. Is this building open to the general public? It is wonderfu -- you are the best retired person in the world, I swear!

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  9. What a grand building. What an interesting post.

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  10. Never thought I'd be toured through Lloyd's of London like this! Thank you. :-)

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  11. What a cool building! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  12. So many great things to see here.

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  13. Something else to see ! My list becomes longer and longer, lol !
    BTW the Renovation of the Waterloo Battle field is here http://gattinatravels.blogspot.com/ I wonder if they will have finished for next year ! Looks as if the works have stopped !

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  14. It is great that they have kept parts of the original building. Such history in your country.

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  15. Wonderful looking the both Interior and exterior areas of the building..

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  16. It like it when an architect tries to mix the old with the new with respect for the old buildings treasures.

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  17. Great detail in the architecture - I wonder if the window will be changed if Scotland votes for independence??

    Saw more wildlife in the ocean today - pictures to follow.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. I so love your posts that take me inside London. Each time I have something new to add to my next London visit.

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  19. What a wonderful building with the wise retaining of that ornate original facade ... I should imagine that many wheelings and dealings went on in that elegant Committee room. The vaulted ceiling is a real treasure.

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  20. Wow, this buildings shows off the art wonders of the past in painting and marble and I love the tapestry!

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  21. well, it does have some nice features. :)

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