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Monday, 7 September 2015

The Guildhall



This is the modern walkway that leads into the medieval Guildhall.

The Guildhall is in the centre of the City of London and has been the powerhouse of the City since the twelfth century. It was here that the Lord Mayor of London and the ruling merchant class held court, ensured that the law and trading regulations kept up with their needs to create London's wealth. Today the Guildhall is still the home of the City of London Corporation and is used for banquets in honour of visiting Heads of State and Royal occasions.


It was built between 1411 and 1440 and designed to reflect the importance of London. If there is no function taking place the public can go in and have a look round the Great Hall. On the day I visited there was no-one else there and I had this magnificent hall all to myself. I have no doubt that I was being watched by numerous cameras but I could still enjoy the moment of having this magnificent place all to myself.


Much has been added over the centuries including these statues dedicated to Nelson and Wellington

A gruesome list of the outcome of some of the trials held here.


Looking up you can see the coat of arms of the City of London and the Livery Companies as well as those of important families. The 12 companies making up the guilds of London are : Clothworkers, Drapers, Fishmongers, Goldsmiths, Grocers, Haberdashers, Ironmongers, Mercers, Merchant Taylors,Salters, Skinners and Vintners.




The Guildhall was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666 and in WW2. so much has been renovated and rebuilt over the years including the windows. The windows are dedicated to English Monarchs.


Overlooking the Hall are the statues of the legendary giants Gog and Magog were destroyed by enemy action in 1940 but replaced in 1953. They represent the conflict between ancient Britons and Trojan invaders.
It is free to visit the Hall so next time you are in the City of London don't forget to have a look for yourself.



22 comments:

  1. Noted.
    Gog and Magog look similar to Melbourne's famous Gog and Magog who strike a clock chime.

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  2. I read a few of those trials. One had the entire jury jailed after they returned a verdict of not guilty! Oh my. This is a wonderful historical building and I'd love to visit it in person, but your pictures are a good second choice. :-)

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  3. That looks like a very interesting place ! something for me to visit ! This list indeed is gruesome !

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  4. I can't imagine the history swirling about the place. I think I would have gotten dizzy and fallen over.

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  5. Lots to see when looking up. Beautiful interiors. Those sculptures are wonderful!

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  6. What a wonderful building, there is so much to see. I like the statues and the coat of arms. The windows are gorgeous. Wonderful tour and photos. Have a happy new week!

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  7. I enjoyed your tour of the inside. That was quite a list of gruesome punishments. One would think they would be quite a deterrent for anyone else considering like behavior.

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  8. What history and what great shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  9. Really nice visit to the Guildhouse! I've been to London several times and I don't remember visiting this one...

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  10. So interesting! Getting the whole place to yourself! Amazing!

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  11. Beautiful architecture and sculptures are amazing.

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  12. What a fabulously rich and decadent building with a wealth of history, I'm pleased you took your camera along.

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  13. Terrific captures! Gorgeous interiors.

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  14. I've been to the Guildhall for lunches, but to my shame have never had a good look round. Thanks to you, it will be high on the list next time I'm in town. Great shots and narrative!

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  15. I've been to the Guildhall for lunches, but to my shame have never had a good look round. Thanks to you, it will be high on the list next time I'm in town. Great shots and narrative!

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  16. Beautiful Hall, amazing history there. Sometimes gruesome.... Being on a jury was dangerous work back then ...

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  17. Fascinating! Thanks for the tour!!

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  18. Great photos with lots of beautiful details!

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  19. What a great building. I wonder if I'll ever make it back to the city of my birth?

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  20. What a wonderful tour! Such an interesting spot too.

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